(USA Features) Sen. Marco Rubio said in a lengthy interview published Monday that Hispanics will continue the trend of gravitating to the Republican Party if it stays with “working-class” policies pursued by former President Donald Trump.
“These are communities made up of people who value common sense wisdom and working-class values,” Rubio told Breitbart News, noting that Hispanics shifted heavily towards Trump and the GOP in Miami, where there is a large Cuban community, and along the Rio Grande Valley, where illegal migrant surges have once again become problematic under President Joe Biden.
“That’s what their life is built on. Those are two things the left has abandoned. You hear lots of people talk about whether it’s socialism,” Rubio continued.
“Socialism is a part of it. Socialism is a part of the common sense part of it. In their mind, if I were to step in the shoes of someone who maybe voted for Obama in 2012, then voted for Donald Trump in 2020, they would say to you, ‘Look, I came from a socialist country. I fled it. Why the hell would we do that here?’ It makes no sense to them,” he added.
“So you see Democrats stand up and say, ‘I’m not a socialist,’ and no you’re not. You don’t brand yourself as a socialist, but you support socialist things, and you support socialist leaders and socialist politics. It just makes no sense to” immigrant Hispanic voters, the Florida Republican noted further.
He said the shifts to the GOP that occurred last fall will be permanent and even lead more Hispanics to follow in the coming years if the party remains true to the former president’s “common sense” policies.
“The left has abandoned that,” Rubio said. “I think President Trump was doing a lot of things based on common sense. In their mind, it made all the sense in the world. They don’t understand why their side is against it. And then working class values.
“Most of these people here don’t care what you do with your life. They don’t want to tell you how to live your life, who to marry, who to love, and so forth—but you’re asking them to abandon three or four thousand years of accumulated human wisdom because a handful of crazy professors have convinced people everything we knew was true is no longer true on things like gender, on this or that,” he noted.
“I think that shift is permanent unless we as Republicans go back to being who we used to be—then we give these people no political home,” said Rubio.