DAILYKENN.com -- Donald Trump doesn't like rapists from Mexico.
The media drew the conclusion that Hispanics would take offense and reject the Trumpster as a Latinophobe.
It turns out, however, the Hispanic voters agree with Trump: They don't like rapists from Mexico any more than does the billionaire presidential candidate.
That may present a problem for contenders Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in Florida's Republican presidential primary Tuesday.
According to Fox News:
The billionaire businessman has 44 percent of the vote among registered voters in the state, compared to Cruz at 24 percent and Rubio at 21 percent.
Cuban-Americans here have the rare opportunity to vote for two of their own for the presidency of the United States. Yet, some are making a different choice: They're backing Donald Trump.
The controversial frontrunner has insisted he'll draw Hispanic voters despite launching his campaign last June with inflammatory remarks about Mexicans and rapists. And as he competes in Florida, the biggest state yet to test his boast, there is anecdotal evidence of support among Miami-Dade's staunchly Republican Cuban-American voters even as most back Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, whom many Cuban-American voters helped elect to the U.S. Senate in 2010.
For Trump backers, ethnicity plays no factor.
"I don't think Cuban, I think American," said former Hialeah Mayor Julio Martinez, who, for two weeks, has held a Trump campaign sign outside an early voting site just blocks from where Rubio last week implored Hispanics to vote for him in Tuesday's presidential primary.
Perched in a lawn chair outside the John F. Kennedy Library, holding a "The Silent Majority Stands with Trump" sign, Martinez said he was backing Trump because there was "nobody better suited" to fixing the economy.
"The worst problem the United States has today is the economy," he said.
Trump's pledge to force Mexico to pay for construction of a wall at the U.S. border and his call to deport the nation's estimated 11 million immigrants who are here illegally have infuriated Hispanic advocacy groups and led to heated protests at his rallies. But for backers, they play no role. Even Trump's support for closer ties with Cuba's government makes no waves.
Martinez said he'd even persuaded his wife, Xiomara, to back Trump. She's been a citizen for two decades, though she was in the United States illegally for a time with a lapsed Nicaraguan visa.
"She said at the beginning, 'What are you doing? He's too rough on immigration,' " Martinez said. "I told her, 'You walk into the house and someone is sitting on your couch, what do you do? You call the police. That is what he is saying.' She voted for Donald Trump three days ago."
Martinez, who is occasionally joined by friends at the site, said he'd received mostly positive reviews. As if on cue, Luis Tejera, 51, walked over and asked to pose for a picture with Martinez and his sign.
"I just want a change. I'm tired of the politicians promising everything and nothing happens," said Tejera, a police officer. Though Cuban-American, he said the Cuban ties of Rubio and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas meant little to him.
"I vote for the person and their ideas, not their race or ethnicity," he said.
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