Latinas and Latinos Will Coronate President Hillary Clinton in 2016 (OPINION)

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state (Marc Nozell/Flickr)

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state (Marc Nozell/Flickr)

On March 5, 2014, during my appearance on The Tavis Smiley Show, I predicted that Hillary Clinton would become the 45th President of the United States. With less than 36 hours remaining from an intense election with the looming threat of Donald Trump, thanks to the projected Latina and Lo vote, my prediction will come to fruition.

According to POLITICO, Latinas and Latinos are giving Clinton the boost that she desperately needs in critical states like Nevada, Colorado and Florida. Moreover, according to Latino Decisions, a national tracking poll indicates a historic Latina and Latino voter turnout for this critical election, ranging from 13.1 million and 14.7 million. This includes key states like Arizona, Texas and others with large Latina and Latino populations.

However, just because I predicted a Clinton victory in early 2014, it doesn’t mean that I endorse her past and current policies (e.g., immigration enforcement, free trade agreements, military interventions, etc.). Speaking of military interventions, while Trump represents a deplorable hustler and bully who aims to torture terrorists (apart from killing their families), Clinton is “palling around” with war criminals like former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Moreover, Clinton has remained mum about President Barack Obama’s mass deportations of over 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. Ironically, many of the remaining family members and friends of these deported immigrations will ensure Clinton’s victory.

In short, once Clinton prevails on November 8, 2016, let this presidential election be a lesson for Republican leaders: “Mess with Latinas and Latinos at your own peril!”

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Alvaro Huerta, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women’s Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is the author of “Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm,” published by San Diego State University Press (2013).

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