AOC Puts Ted Cruz on Notice: ‘Texas Turning Blue Is inevitable’

Celebrity Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has claimed that “Texas turning blue is inevitable,” arguing that “the only question is when.”

Ocasio-Cortez made the claims while in San Antonio stumping her fellow Democratic Socialists running for Congress in Texas.

Speaking in support of far-left candidates and a primary challenger to a current Democrat congressman, AOC made a bold statement about the Lone Star State during her speech.

On Saturday, AOC told a Texas crowd that Republicans will lose control of Texas because it is “inevitable” that the state will turn blue.

“Here’s what’s exciting about Jessica’s race and Greg’s race is that if we flip Texas, we flip the country,” told the audience.

“Texas turning blue is inevitable.

“The only question is when.

“We are going to fight for a living wage, we are going to make sure we unionize the hell out of this state and we’re going to make sure that not one dime is made exploitatively across any worker, especially the undocumented.”

“If we lose Texas, it’s game over,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in an earlier, seperate statement.

“I don’t believe Texas will turn blue but central to that is we’re going to have to work to communicate and turn people out.”

However, without massive Hispanic support, the Democrats have no chance of ever turning Texas blue.

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In the last election, and in polls ever since, the GOP is gaining support among the Hispanic population.

And the Democratic Party is losing support.

From The Hill:

Many Democrats were convinced that Donald Trump’s conservative, and at times offensive, policies on immigration and border security would alienate Hispanics to such an extent that they would flock in droves to the Democratic Party in 2020. 

Instead, according to exit polls, Trump won 32 percent of the Latino vote nationally (up from 28 percent in 2016) and 41 percent of the Latino vote in Texas (up from 34 percent in 2016). In the Rio Grande Valley’s two most populous countries (Hidalgo and Cameron; directly across the border from Mexico), where Hispanics account for more than 90 percent of the population, Trump won 41 percent and 43 percent of the vote in 2020 (up from 28 percent and 32 percent, respectively, in 2016). 

In late October the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation conducted a representative public opinion survey of 1,402 Texas registered voters, including 616 Texas Hispanics, who are the focus here. 

The survey results reveal that more Texas Hispanics support than oppose four out of five of the border security policies that have been implemented by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on his own via executive actions or through legislation passed by the Texas Legislature under the leadership of Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan.

Twice as many Texas Hispanics support (51 percent) than oppose (25 percent) the Texas policy of having Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers and local law enforcement arrest immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. (The remaining 24 percent neither support nor oppose the policy.)

Far more Hispanics support dispatching DPS officers (48 percent) and Texas National Guard soldiers (46 percent) to patrol along the border than oppose these policies (30 percent and 32 percent).

A narrow plurality of Texas Hispanics even supports spending $1.5 billion of state funds annually on border security, funds that could be used instead to help address documented needs in Texas public schools, where more than half of the students are Hispanic.

Politico reported that Hispanic women in Texas were flocking to the GOP::

She wasn’t surprised at all to see Republicans gain ground in 2020 along the Texas-Mexico border, even as Democrats and Republicans outside the region expressed shock at results in places such as Zapata County — where Trump became the first GOP presidential nominee since 1920 to carry the county.

Neighboring Starr County saw the most dramatic shift of any county in the state when thousands more Republicans turned out to vote than in prior elections. While President Joe Biden ultimately won the county with 52 percent of the vote to Trump’s 47 percent, that paled in comparison to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 performance, when she garnered 79 percent to Trump’s 19 percent.

Claudia Alcazar, chairwoman of the Starr County Republican Party, switched parties about two years ago after being a Democrat her entire adult life. She said it hasn’t been an easy transition in communities like hers that remain majority Democratic, pointing to the strain it has caused in her own family.

Alcazar, 54, said her decision to become a Republican came after discussing politics with a high school friend running for mayor.

“We went down the list of all my beliefs and at the end I was like, ‘Oh my God, I am a Republican. I just didn’t know it.’ I was so used to being told and seeing myself as a Democrat,” she said. “It’s like being used to drinking Coca Cola and then one day you taste Dr. Pepper and you’re like, ‘wow, I really like this one.’ I truly shocked myself.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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