Former President Barack Obama—whose administration committed mass deportation and built the "cages"—falsely attributed the overwhelming Trump support among Hispanic Americans to President Donald Trump's purported homophobic "views on gay marriage."
"People were surprised by a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump," Obama said while appearing on Wednesday's episode of The Breakfast Club, a New York City-based radio show co-hosted by television personality Charlamagne tha God.
Obama went on to allege: "There’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who—the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans or puts detainees, undocumented workers in cages—they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion."
Under the Trump administration, Richard Grenell, the first openly gay person to serve at the Cabinet-level, was appointed to acting Director of National Intelligence.
"@BarackObama sadly will not be fact-checked by the adoring media for this lie," Grenell commented on the the 44th president's accusation. "Obama ran for president saying he was against gay marriage. And he created the cages."
Obama’s top immigration chief in charge of booting illegal immigrants admitted that the "cages" Democrats have accused Trump of housing children in were the brainchild of Obama's tenure.
At the 2019 Center for Immigration Studies conference, former US Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director Thomas Homan answered: "The kids are being house in the same facility built under the Obama administration."
"If you want to call them cages, call them cages. But if the left wants to call them cages and the Democrats want to call them cages then they have to accept the fact that they were built and funded in FY 2015," Homan snapped.
While ICE deported more immigrants in fiscal year 2019 than any full fiscal year of Trump’s presidency, the number had yet to come close to Obama’s early deportation record at the time, according to internal Department of Homeland Security figures published by Axios in 2019.
"What a f—ing bigot this guy is," The Federalist's co-founder Ben Domenech commented. "Oh I dunno maybe it had more to do with DEFUND THE POLICE and SOCIALISM IS FINE than gay marriage, you cold heartless toolbag."
Trump captured the much-needed battleground state of Florida on Election Day largely thanks to the president’s popularity with Hispanics.
Americans with Cuban and Venezuelan roots—whose families suffered under oppressive dictatorship—understand first-hand the horrors of communism.
Meanwhile, left-wingers have even lionized guerilla leader and Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara into a pop culture icon while Sen. Bernie Sanders defended the rule of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, touting his "massive literacy program" during a 60 Minutes interview aired in February of this year.
"We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad," the failed Democratic presidential candidate told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Domensch went on to fact check that Hispanic Americans aren't "evangelical." According to an ABC News analysis in March, Hispanics now account for 40 percent of all Catholics in the US as well as a solid majority of school-age Catholics.
"There is literally no proof - on a data basis, polling basis, anecdotal basis - that Obama's 'gay marriage drove Hispanics to vote Trump' claim is true," Domenech fired. "It's a bigoted claim, and it's a lie."
Trump awarded US Capitol officer Crystal Griner, a lesbian woman, the Medal of Honor for saving Republican Congressman Steve Scalise’s life during a 2017 terrorist attack.
He also appointed and fought multiple Democratic efforts to confirm Patrick Bumatay to the US Court of Appeals, the first Filipino American to serve as an Article III federal appellate judge and the first gay judge on the 9th Circuit.
"We stand in solidarity with LGBT people who live in countries that punish, jail and execute people based upon sexual orientation," Trump declared to the United United Nations in September 2019. In accordance with his vow, Trump has launched an initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality and invited all nations to join the fight.
He commended the accomplishments of LGBT Americans during Pride Month and united with those persecuted abroad on the basis of sexual orientation.
Democrats have failed to celebrate let alone credit Trump for securing a historic donation of free HIV medication for over 200,000 citizens nationwide and further invest $716 million into fighting the virus to ultimately save the lives of numerous LGBT community members.
"Remember when Trump appealed to Hispanics by highlighting gay marriage? Was it mentioned in one ad, one speech - anywhere?" Domensch volleyed. "Trump was, unlike Obama, the first president elected who embraced gay marriage. Obama's bigoted revisionism about Hispanics in 2020 is utter bullshit, totally baseless. Will anyone in corporate Democrat media acknowledge it?"
Conservative media strategist Giancarlo Sopo remarked: "A lot of things are wrong with Barack Obama’s condescending remarks about conservative Hispanics."
"Chief among them is that Donald Trump never ran opposed to gay marriage, as Obama has in the past," Sopo levelled against Trump's predecessor.
Trump is the first president to enter the White House in full support of marriage equality whereas Obama ran both terms on pro-traditional marriage campaigns.
Then midway into his re-election year, Obama reversed course from publicly opposing same-sex marriage for years until an interview with ABC News in May 2012, which also just so happened to be the first year American support for gay marriage outnumbered opposition, according to Pew Research Center data.
Contrastingly in November 2016, Trump entered office directly supportive of the Obergefell decision, asserting that the Supreme Court ruling is the law of the land and that he is “fine” with that being the case.
"Maybe the problem had more to do with suing nuns, defunding police, and arguing socialism is totally fine. There's immense polling data on that front. Find me one indication that Hispanics hating gay marriage drove any votes," Domenech
slammed baseless fearmongers. "But hey, keep it up with the 'Hispanics hate gays and need to use LatinX' rhetoric, I'm sure that will work."
"According to Barack Obama, people who oppose him are: - Hispanic bigots - White bigots - Religious bigots," The Daily Wire's editor emeritus Ben Shapiro tweeted. "I'm sensing a pattern."
Shapiro wrote that "Obama is very disappointed in those who disagree with him," adding: "They are obviously okay with racism because they are religious bigots, even if they are Hispanic."
Conservative radio host Dan Bongino noted: "Only a Democrat could say something this insulting about Hispanic voters and get away with it."
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