Latina Republican Mayra Flores’ historic win in a Texas congressional district in the Rio Grande Valley was greeted by the Times Not with joy, but with bitterness and denial. This is the same newspaper that loves to mark such supposed ethnic milestones on the Democratic side, as shown in the nauseating tributes to Sen. Kamala Harris and Biden press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
By contrast, Flores, for being guilty of conservative wrong-think, is reduced to a “far-right Latina” by Jennifer Medina is a political reporter “The Rise of the Far-Right Latina — Representative Mayra Flores is one of three Republican Latinas vying to transform South Texas politics by shunning moderates and often embracing the extreme.”
Texas Republicans attempted to win Hispanic voters for many years using Bush-era compassion conservatism. The idea was that a moderate’s touch and a softer rhetoric on immigration were key to making inroads with Hispanic voters, particularly in Democratic strongholds along the southern border.
This was Texas in the old days. Trump’s age has created a new breed of Texas Republicans: one who is currently walking the halls and corridors of Congress as the far-right Latina.
After winning a special election last month, Mayra Flores was elected the first Republican ever to represent Rio Grande Valley. She also flipped the seat from red to blue. Her election to Congress was also the first Latina Republican sent from Texas. She is considered a distant possibility of winning a full term, as her abbreviated term ends at the close of the year.
What is striking, however is the fact that Ms. Flores won despite being shunning moderates and embracing Donald J. Trump’s far right. She is more Marjorie Taylor Greene then Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Medina could not hide her “can’t believe it” tone.
Her campaign slogan — “God, family, country” — was meant to appeal to what she calls the “traditional values” of her majority-Hispanic district in the border city of Brownsville. She called for President Biden’s impeachment. Twitter user @QAnon tweeted her support. And she called the Democratic Party the “greatest threat America faces.”
The Democrats don’t attack the Republicans as destroyers of democracy? There’s also the Big Lie section.
Ms. Flores was questioned by the media in her barren office on the morning of her swearing-in ceremony if she believed Mr. Biden to be the legitimately elected President.
“He’s the worst president of the United States,” she said.
Is it Medina who harassed Flores three times with the same hostile question?
Three more times, Biden was asked if he had been legally elected. She answered the same question.
Medina barely held in her disdain for the area Republicans were gaining new voters.
Rio Grande Valley is a place that has been both politically and culturally liberal for a long time. On Sundays there are many churches packed, American flags can be seen on the front lawns of homes and reverence for law enforcement. Ms. Flores’s husband is a Border Patrol agent, a note she often emphasized on the campaign trail.
It TimesThis is what the reporter finds disgusting. Flores was criticized by the reporter, but not in a very objective way.
Representative Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat who heads the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, dismissed Ms. Flores’s win as a “public relations coup” for Republicans.
Medina has previously tried to explain away conservative gains among Hispanics by blaming “misinformation” and “conspiracy theories.”