UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal recently called out Democrats for their "false promises" and rallied Latino voters to support President Donald Trump's re-election in a speech that is now going viral.
Masvidal's comments came during a stop on the "Fighters Against Socialism" bus tour, which Donald Trump Jr. launched with Masvidal and other Latinos.
What did Masvidal say?
Masvidal, whose father escaped communist Cuba, warned his fellow Latinos that Democrats are attempting to take advantage of them by merely assuming Latinos will vote for Democratic candidates.
"I'm gonna let you in on something," Masvidal said. "The Democrats just think that they're entitled to the Latino vote. They think that we just have to hand it over to them. That's right. We sure as hell don't."
The crowd responded with boos.
"They've got to show us what they can do for us, what they can do for our communities," Masvidal continued. "We're not going to buy the same wolf tickets and false promises that destroyed great countries like Venezuela and Cuba. It's not gonna happen.
"You know what else is not gonna work for them? Playing 'Despacito' on your cellphone to pander to us," he added, referring to what Joe Biden did last month in an attempt to curry favor with Latino voters.
"Hell no. You gotta give us some credit for having heads on our shoulders," Masvidal said, before referring to former President Barack Obama's infamous phrase, "Elections have consequences."
"Those words have never been more true than they are today," Masvidal said. "We either re-elect President Trump and keep America great. Or we let Joe Biden destroy the greatest country the world has ever seen."
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What does the data show?
While Hillary Clinton handily won the Latino vote in 2016 — with the exception of Cubans in Florida — Trump is expected to earn more support from Latinos this year than previous Republican candidates.
From Vanity Fair:
Polls of Latino voters are now consistently more favorable for the president than one might expect. In the latest Economist/YouGov poll, 34% of Latino voters favor Trump, with roughly 9% still undecided. At this point, Trump is running well ahead of his own vote share in 2016 (28%), as well as that of Mitt Romney in 2012 (27%) and John McCain in 2008 (31%). It's still a heavily Democratic vote, but the movement of somewhere between 6% and 15% of Latino voters is potentially significant enough to impact the outcome in states like Florida and North Carolina. The polling has shaken Democrats, who have rapidly expanded their efforts to engage with Latinos over the last month.
Stephanie Valencia, a cofounder of the progressive research hub EquisLabs, told Vanity Fair that the conservative message of personal freedom and economy prosperity resonates with Latino voters.