The chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ran out of arguments when asked in an interview on Monday, Nov. 4, how his party will compete with the spectacular economic data regarding Latinos that President Donald Trump has achieved.
The Democratic Party has historically been very popular among ethnic minorities in the United States, yet the unemployment and salary statistics achieved by the Trump administration are literally leaving the Republican president’s rivals without arguments.
This became apparent during a Spanish-language interview with DNC President Tom Perez on Univision, where he was asked how the Democrats could compete with Trump for the Hispanic vote in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
Hey @TomPerez, maybe you should send a thank you note to @realDonaldTrump for the great job he’s doing with the economy, instead of trying to instill a victim complex in Hispanics, you loser. https://t.co/mPv4zaqH8a
— Armando Ibarra (@aibarra) November 4, 2019
“President Trump has achieved something important, especially for Latinos, which is to reduce the unemployment rate to historic lows,” began journalist Patricia Janiot.
“How, then, can the Democrats compete with a president that has been beneficial to Latinos on economic matters?” she asked.
Perez responded briefly without providing facts or figures with the argument that Democrats and the left in general use as a mantra when confronted with economic reality: “The economic situation in the United States is excellent for the wealthy like Trump,” Perez said.
Then, ignoring the historic record numbers of poverty reduction among Hispanics never seen before since these data began to be collected in 1972, Perez continued:
“But the economic situation is still bad for our community and that’s why we have to elect Democrats.”
Largest reduction in Latino poverty since record keeping started
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the average Latino household income rose to a record $50,486 a year in 2017. In February of this year, the poverty rate was the lowest ever recorded.
Journalist Jorge Bonilla of the MRC platform analyzed Perez’s response from a critical angle and came to the conclusion that he tacitly admitted that Latinos were in a very bad situation under the administration of former Democratic President Barack Obama.
“To suggest that the economy is somehow “still bad” for Hispanics, as Perez did here, is to affirm that it was bad for Hispanics before Trump took over. You can’t have one without the other, and that statement nullifies Perez’s proposed solution which is, of course, to vote for Democrats,” Bonilla wrote.
And it was not the only criticism Perez received for his words. Miami Republican Youth President Armando Ibarra called Perez a “loser” for trying to “instill a victim complex in Hispanics.”
“Hey [Perez], maybe you should send a thank you note to [President Trump] for the great job he’s doing with the economy, instead of trying to instill a victim complex in Hispanics, you loser,” tweeted Ibarra.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), for his part, forcefully dismantled the racial argument that Democrats use to try to preserve the ethnic minority vote in the United States during an interview in Axios.
“I just don’t take it as a given that because you’re non-white that we should worry about you voting Democrat,” Crenshaw said.
“And I think Democrats do take that for granted (…) this idea that your immutable characteristic should drive how you think, which is—I think there’s a word for that. I think it’s called ‘racism,'” he added.