“Trump is everywhere,” said sociologist Guillermo Grenier, a colleague of Gamarra’s. In a 1985 Miami Herald article headlined “Have Democrats Written Off Cuban Americans?,” Luis Lauredo, a prominent Cuban Democrat, said his party didn’t “give a damn about Cuban voters.” Maria Elana Toraño, who’d been the highest ranking Cuban American official in the Carter administration, told the Herald she’d met separately with local, state, and national Democrats to offer to help the party rebuild support within her community, but her efforts went nowhere. "No one has to explain to me what socialism, communism or authoritarianism are.
Marcial, right, a Cuban immigrant, holds up a sign up to passing drivers at a pro-Trump event in Miami last month. Local Democrats had a chance to welcome Cubans into the party, Martínez and others told me, and they blew it. Before Annette Collazo could introduce herself, the Cuban man whose door she’d just knocked on in South Florida wanted to get something out of the way. Amore Rodriguez, 27, said she's been ostracized by much of her family after being raised as a "hard-core Republican" and switching parties. She’d been told that her hometown of Hialeah was a “city a Democrat should never walk, should never canvass, and would absolutely never win.” But she won by going door to door across the district and carrying the more liberal areas in nearby Broward County. No, Democrat. Like Nelson, Gillum lost by a narrow margin statewide after suffering dramatic losses in heavily Cuban precincts. Collazo leaving a door hanger while canvassing in Hialeah.
The goal of the press conference was for local Democrats to rebut the Republicans’ incessant charges that their party will turn the United States into a communist hellscape. Rick Scott drinks a Cuban coffee at Versailles during a visit to celebrate the famous Cuban restaurant’s 40th anniversary in 2011. Only one other Miami-Dade County state house district, which also covers parts of Hialeah, moved further toward Republicans. In September, he issued an order barring Americans who visit Cuba from staying at 433 hotels that it said were owned or controlled by the government or other regime insiders. It’s building," Rivero said. Perez was frustrated that Democrats weren’t doing more in the district. Helping her that day was David Perez, a firefighter who had lost a state senate race in 2018. In the 2018 gubernatorial race, Republican Ron DeSantis followed Scott’s lead by picking a Cuban American as his lieutenant governor and falsely branded his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum as a socialist. “As important as Florida is,” he said. She’d never lived under socialism?
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