Donald Trump began his campaign calling Mexican immigrants “criminals and rapists” from the atrium at Trump Tower. Now Hispanics are poised to return the favor and end his campaign in defeat.
Hispanics are working hard against Trump, and in battleground states they are turning out in record numbers to vote against him.
Nevada is tied in a bow for Clinton:
In Nevada, Latino turnout propelled Democrats in Clark County — the population center that’s home to Las Vegas — to a record-breaking close on Friday, driving up the Democratic lead in early ballots cast to 72,000. That’s enough, according to veteran Nevada political analyst Jon Ralston, to essentially tie a bow on the state for Clinton.
Florida is poised for a split ticket.
Five undocumented domestic workers, all named Maria, fanned out across Little Havana delivering a desperate, last-minute plea to Hispanic voters: We can’t vote, but you can. Vote early to ensure a President Trump does not deport us.
In Hialeah, a traditional stronghold for Cuban American Republicans, backers of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton drove a colorful, Colombian-style chiva party bus with bongo drums and rumba dancers handing out Cuban pastries and “Hispanics for Hillary” signs.
President Obama is warming up for Hillary’s victory lap.
“If we win Florida it’s a wrap,” President Barack Obama said Sunday in Kissimmee while campaigning for Mrs. Clinton. “If we win Florida, it’s over.”
If the early voting numbers in a recent poll are accurate, that nearly 30 percent of GOP voters have abandoned Trump, it’s going to be over. Trump knows this, and despite his private bouts of morose despair and seething anger, he’s hitting Florida hard in the last days.
Mr. Trump’s planned visit to Sarasota on Monday will mark his 10th visit to the state since in-person early voting began 14 days ago.
“Florida is the place I love. My second home,” Mr. Trump said Saturday, referring to his longtime residence in Palm Beach. “I’m here all the time.”
But there are only so many older white men in Florida, where the demographics have been changing over the last few decades. Even Trump’s neighbors in the swanky Atlantic coast north of Fort Lauderdale are dubious about him.
And in ritzy Coral Gables, Maria Ballaster, a 60-year-old Cuban American who has always voted Republican reflected on why she had just split her ballot — sticking with her party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio, while casting a vote for Clinton.
“I trust Rubio, but I don’t trust Mr. Crazy,” Ballaster said.
Personally, I think Trump will carry Florida, by the slimmest of margins. But I don’t think it will matter. I believe he will lose North Carolina, where Gov. Pat McCrory is locked in a death match against Democratic opponent Roy Cooper, who is supported by millions of dollars of outside cash. (McCrory told Bill O’Reilly Sunday it is “Soros cash.”) Despite McCrory’s positive effect on the state, I don’t think it will hold for Trump.
Without North Carolina, Trump will need a miracle to overcome Clinton’s firewall. That firewall is significantly aided, and in some ways carried, by the Hispanic population.
The very things that Never Trumpers warned would hand the election to Hillary Clinton, are coming home to roost on the deck of the S.S. Trumptanic. On Tuesday, the Hispanics will have their revenge.