Obama Criticises Hispanic Voters Who Picked Trump
Mr Obama also criticised undocumented migrants being held in “cages”, a practice that began in his presidency.
Exit polls show Mr Trump won a larger percentage of Hispanics than in 2016.
The Republican president garnered about 32% of the demographic in 2020, up from 28% four years ago.
What did Obama say?
“But there are a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, you know, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts detainees, undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion.”
“You’ve seen created, in Republican politics, this sense that white males are victims,” he said.
“They’re the ones who are like under attack. Which obviously doesn’t jibe with both history and data and economics.”
Mr Obama was appearing on the podcast to tout his new book, A Promised Land, which has sold 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week.
What’s the background?
Mr Obama first ran for the presidency in 2008 opposed to gay marriage, before saying in 2012 that he was in favour.
In this month’s presidential election, Mr Trump won 28% of the LGBT vote, the highest percentage for any Republican presidential nominee since George W Bush in 2000.
But these chain-link enclosures were built during the Obama presidency. Some 60,000 unaccompanied minors stopped at the southern border were detained in these cells during one summer alone in 2014.
The Obama administration also separated migrant children from adults at the border, though only in rare circumstances.
Mr Trump has long been criticised for his 2015 campaign launch when he said of undocumented migrants from Mexico: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
What’s the reaction?
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted: “Once again, Barack Obama is very, very disappointed in Americans, this time in evangelical Hispanics for putting their values and economic interests ahead of woke liberal obsessions.”
“Some Democrats think they can criticize the values & religious beliefs of Hispanics but still get their vote by using the race card,” he tweeted.