Yuri Perez does an excellent job describing what worries the majority of Cuban Americans about Biden: It’s not that we believe he’s a socialist, but that he has surrounded himself with them and has yet to reject socialism.
Trump supporters like me are concerned by Biden’s win. But there’s still some hope.
The majority of Cuban Americans in Florida — and fully 65 percent of us live in Florida, where we make up the largest voting-eligible population of Latinos — voted to re-elect President Donald Trump: 56 percent, according to NBC News exit polls. Many of us did so not only because we supported his policies, but also because he was very vocal against socialism, communism and imposed strong sanctions against the Cuban, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan regimes.
Among Latinos in Florida, we were not alone: 47 percent of Latinos supported Trump, including 50 percent of Latinos who were neither Cuban nor Puerto Rican. That includes Latinos who originated from Venezuela and Colombia, both of whom tend to look askance at support for socialist regimes in the region and socialist policies here in America.
With more than 2.5 million registered Latino voters in Florida, and around 337,000 votes separating President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden as of Saturday morning, it’s only fair to say that had Biden worried many of us less, the election results might have been less concerning to many liberals as well.
Although Biden’s background doesn’t indicate he is a socialist himself, my concern — and the concern of many other Cuban-, Venezuelan- and Colombian Americans — is that his election means the ascendancy of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and other self-proclaimed democratic socialists within the Democratic Party, as well as the potential for the Democratic Party to embrace and push for socialist policies in the United States that we have seen fail elsewhere.
Our concerns about the rise of socialism in America were not remotely assuaged during the campaign because Biden did not unequivocally and openly reject either socialism, the members of his party promoting it or even members of his partly that openly sympathized with brutal socialist dictators. For instance, confirming my own personal fears as someone who received political asylum from Cuba, Biden was at one point considering Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., for the vice presidential slot, despite her history as an open Castro sympathizer. He ultimately picked Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who thankfully did not mourn the passing of Fidel Castro as “a great loss to the people of Cuba,” but nonetheless has a very liberal voting record as U.S. senator.
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