On Monday, President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base just outside of Washington, D.C., and took off to New Mexico, a state where he lost by eight points — 65,000 votes — to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
New Mexico has not been won by the Republican nominee for President of the United States since 2004, when George W. Bush won it by a little more than 6,000 votes against former Democratic Sen. John Kerry (Mass.). Since then it has awarded all five electoral college delegates to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Trump and his campaign team have not let three consecutive elections disenfranchise their attempt in trying to win the five electoral college votes to aid in his re-election next year in 2020.
Trump made a campaign rally stop in a Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center in New Mexico to appeal to the largely hispanic electorate before finishing his flight path to California for private events.
Although this was Trump’s first trip to New Mexico as sitting president, many other presidents visited fewer or the same amount of times during their presidential tenure. Theodore Roosevelt traveled by train, stopping in Albuquerque to campaign for his friend in October of 1916. President John F. Kennedy visited the state twice highlighting scientific research, and President Ronald Reagan only stopped once to campaign.
Slate recently covered Trump’s visit to the “Land of Enchantment” headlining their article, “Trump Cringingly Courts Latino Vote: ‘Who Do You Like More, the Country or the Hispanics?”
The author emphasized Trump’s campaign stop in New Mexico, hoping “to boost his support among Latino voters.” He also cited a Washington Post article that showed President Trump’s unpopularity among Latino voters in America being deeply unpopular. This poll conducted by Washington-Post ABC News showed 67 percent disapproving, and 25 percent of Hispanic adults approving.
The article failed to demonstrate or compare George W. Bush’s approval rating amongst the Hispanic electorate. According to a Gallup Poll, Bush’s approval rating was 40 percent before his re-election, declining to just 29 percent in 2007.
Elliot Hannon of Slate focused his article (like many other news organizations) on Trump’s unconventional language at the podium, more so than on the facts leading up to his re-election. Hannon reminisced on president’s opening comment regarding hispanic heritage month in which the crowd cheered, and he said “incredible people… we have much to celebrate.” However, the non-editorial piece read like one, with the author criticizing Trump’s “WASP” comments on Steve Cortes, and soon adding mockery to Trump’s comment on saying he has to “go after the hispanic vote.”
Earlier this year Politico featured an article, “Trump’s Secret to Victory in 2020: Hispanic Voters.” They wrote, “Pew estimates that 32 million Hispanics will be eligible to vote – a full 2 million more than eligible black voters and more than 13 percent of the electorate. Hispanics figure to constitute at least 11 percent of the national vote, as they did in 2016 and 2018.”
Although facing criticism from many news organizations because of his unconventional speech, President Trump’s campaign is on the right track according to Politico in securing the Hispanic vote to win re-election by a larger margin than in 2016.