The Washington Post this morning is just the latest example of the media perpetuating the myth of Latino/Hispanic voting power. Furthermore, the article fails to add much value or insight to the current presidential debate. We already know how and why Donald Trump has alienated so many Hispanics in the United States.
Of greater significance is the fact that Latinos historically have voted in smaller numbers that the rest of America’s population. As Pew Research notes, only 48 percent of eligible Latino/Hispanic voters went to the polls in 2012. That contrasted poorly with black voters (67%) and whites (64%).
In other words, it may not make much difference in the general election whether Latinos like Donald Trump or not. More important will be whether other high-voting groups cast ballots in November.
This Washington Post piece deserves a rock for poor reporting.