SLAGER: Biden, Democrats Face Hispanic Crisis as Univision Appears Primed to Support Trump

Declining Hispanic voting numbers have jarred Democrats in recent years – both at the voting booth, and now most recently in polls
By Brad Slager

Since rising as an unlikely political figure, Donald Trump has presented a contrasting reality in regards to the Latino Community. Like much of the media, the Spanish language networks coverage of the man has largely been negative. Meanwhile, in each election he has been involved in, Trump and the GOP have enjoyed growing support from Hispanic Voters.

George Ramos – the fuegobrand journalist from Univision – has been a contentious figure with the Trump camp, going to the extent of seeing him escorted from a Trump press event when he first rose as a candidate. His network itself has had its issues with Donald Trump the candidate – and with Donald Trump as President.

Long critical of many of his activities while in the White House – especially his immigration policies – Univision was even the focus of Trump’s ire during the last general election. 
But in the intervening years, the approach by both sides appears to have softened, aided by a recent merger with a Mexican media company.

Not only has there been a friendliness creeping into the relations between the two camps, but the network might be turning its back on President Biden as well.

Recently, an hourlong interview was conducted with Mr. Trump, and in conjunction he also feted some of the network’s top executives at Mar-A-Lago. That alone is quite the departure from Trump declaring the network “a mouthpiece of the Democrat Party.”
More than just a warming of a relationship (what is the Spanish term for “Glasnost”?), there also appears to be an active move away from Joe Biden – and the Democrats.

When the announcement came that this Trump interview was taking place, the Biden camp made the move to run political ads during the broadcast, but the network rebuffed the Biden campaign's request to do so.

The Democratic alarm further spiked two days later, when Univision advertising representatives told the Biden campaign that spots already purchased to run during the Trump interview in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Florida had been canceled – owing to a heretofore unannounced policy about opposition advertising in single-candidate interviews.

There was also a proposed opposition response the Biden camp wanted to have run following the interview, but Univision executives spiked this idea as well.

This reality of the Spanish network no longer showing the expected fealty to the Democrats is sending tremors throughout the party.

A once reliable mouthpiece is displaying a tendency to give the opponents equal airtime – and possibly more.

This reality is shaking the Democrats.

It is believed that the Trump interview was behind the sudden resignation of longtime anchor Leon Krauze.  As Puck News detailed, the reaction from one Democrat National Committee member reveals a palpable panic:
“The new ownership is essentially co-opting and kidnapping the soul and mission of what Univision has been up to now,” said the high-placed member.

That "soul and mission" of that new ownership was – apparently – full dedication to the Democrat Party alone. At least that seems to be the mentality of the party. 

That shift by the network could, however, also be a move to follow the drifting of the Hispanic electorate toward Republicans.

Declining voting numbers have been jarring for Democrats in recent years – both at the voting booth, and most recently in the polls – as the Hispanic support for the GOP has been steadily growing.
  In Florida alone, the move has been stark. In 2018 longtime Democrat Senator Bill Nelson had counted on backing from his City of Orlando area – a Puerto-Rican enclave. Instead he lost to Rick Scott, giving the state two GOP senators for the first time since the Reconstruction.
And during the last general election, it was a shock to see Trump enjoy near parity with Biden in the Hispanic-rich Miami-Dade area.

Much of this shift can be seen as a result of generational Hispanics having a resistance to Biden’s open-door policy granted to new immigrant arrivals.

There's disapproval from many who have worked on achieving "The American Dream" through hard work and determination – only to see those who illegally cross the border being granted several handouts today.

Biden’s permissive stance – and his administration's refusal to admit or even acknowledge the problem – has led to a flood of those illegal crossers coming into the country, and the fact they are then granted benefits is not sitting well with many 2nd and 3rd Generation Immigrants. After having had to earn those items for themselves, they are furious – and apparently growing more so by the day. 

There has been a steady tide of Latinos drifting at the ballot box. To now have a major Spanish news outlet showing a tendency to welcome Trump and Republicans is a shock to the Democrat's way of thinking. 

Brad Slager covers politics, the news media, and the business side of Hollywood for media outlets such as The Federalist, RedState, HotAir, and Twitchy. He can also be heard covering entertainment news on ''The Culture Shift'' podcast.