Hillary Clinton won the Puerto Rican primary yesterday and the reaction is exactly as I expected. Everyone is using the nearly 2-1 Clinton victory in Puerto Rico as proof that her candidacy still has viability. Even though, as Liza over at Culture Kitchen points out:
Some poll workers in small towns started abandoning the polling stations because turnout was so low, he said.
Part of the reason for the lack of interest, he said, is because voters feel the primary isn’t meaningful since Puerto Ricans cannot vote in the general election.
The Democratic and Republican parties run the primaries and caucuses, and they allow U.S. territories, such as the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, to take part in the process.
But only the 50 states and the District of Columbia vote in the general election.
El Nuevo Día reports the Board of Elections expected to have 600.000 voters. The Clinton campaign bargained on a million and more. Less than 400.000 people woke up this morning with the primaries in their minds.
What’s worse, is that the Clinton camp and pundits buying into her rhetoric are parading the Rican vote yesterday as a reflection of that oh so coveted Latino vote, using it to prove that Latinos won’t vote for a black man and favor Hillary.
“It was a 100 percent Hispanic primary and it shows that he has a problem with the Latino community,” Terry McAuliffe, campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton, told a handful of reporters after polls closed Sunday. “He cannot close in this key core constituency,” McAuliffe added.
This black/brown divide and conquer political analysis is racist at it’s core and very few, if anyone, will actually say so. It continues to deny Afro-Latinos agency, as if such a thing doesn’t exist.
Additionally disgusting, is Clinton’s use of the status issue after her win. Included in HRC’s victory speech in Puerto Rico was a promise to, regardless of the statehood vote, let Puerto Rico to vote for President in the general election.
Let’s see when she repeats that promise. With Puerto Rico won and it being used as a reflection of wider Latino sentiment, Clinton, and the election process itself have already packed their bags and left Puerto Rico behind, until it’s convenient to remember that island of second class citizens.