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Juan Williams: Democrats Still Need to Court Hispanics

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By    |   Monday, 01 Aug 2016 12:58 PM

Donald Trump might be toxic with Hispanic voters, but it would be a mistake for Democrats to assume the Latino community is going to simply fall in line behind Hillary Clinton, wrote Juan Williams for The Hill.

The Hispanic population has grown into the largest minority group, their vote was crucial in getting President Barack Obama elected twice, yet they are confronted with no representation at the top of the Democratic ticket and poor representation in Congress, writes Williams.

Further, in the California race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Obama endorsed the black candidate, state attorney general Kamala Harris, over Rep. Loretta Sanchez, vying to become the first Latina ever elected to the upper house of the U.S.

"Not one single Democratic Latina has ever been in the United States Senate, and the California Democratic Party's position is a disrespectful example of wayward institutional leadership which on the one hand 'wants our vote' but on the other hand wants to 'spit us out,'" Williams quoted Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas.

Williams cites polls that show Trump with paltry support among Hispanics, but writes Democratic leadership had better be more active in engaging the Latino community, or else.

"The current low-level static — the Democratic establishment on one side, and Latino voters and elected officials on the other — could yet blow up into a major story before November," Williams concluded.

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Donald Trump might be toxic with Hispanic voters, but it would be a mistake for Democrats to assume the Latino community is going to simply fall in line behind Hillary Clinton, wrote Juan Williams for The Hill.
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