Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he arrives to speak during a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
One of the main reasons I try not to watch too much cable news outside of what I have to as a writer is the fact that a majority of anchors, reporters, and guests on MSNBC, CNN, and sometimes even Fox News come off as living in a bubble where they hold on to their preconceived notions about how people should think no matter how often the data contradicts them.
MSNBC anchor Katy Tur falls into this category perfectly. Tur was doing “man on the street” interviews with California voters earlier today, and interviewed one Latino resident to find out who he and his daughter were voting for in the Super Tuesday primary.
Tur asked the man, via a translator, if he was deciding between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. The man responded by saying he supported Sanders’ candidacy. After some crosstalk about why he was supporting Sanders, Tur inquired as to if his daughter was “leading the charge” and helping the family decide how to vote. Through the translator, the man said no, his daughter was voting for Donald Trump.
The translator seemed surprised to hear this, but so was Tur. “Your daughter’s going to vote for Donald Trump. Por qué?” (“why”), she asked animatedly.
The voter went on to explain that his daughter supported Trump because of the economy. In the very next segment, the translator explained to a fascinated Tur that there was a percentage of the Latino community (he guessed 10 to 15%, which sounds low) who are conservative and who would lean more towards someone like Trump because of economic concerns and his support for law enforcement.
In addition to black voter outreach, the Trump campaign is also aggressively going after Hispanic voters. Recent polls suggest their efforts are paying off. Keep your eye on polls in the coming months that detail how much African-American support and Hispanic support Trump is earning. If he peels off even a small percentage from each voting bloc, it’s game over for Democrats, and that includes in down-ballot races.