In her Thursday Wall Street Journal Column – writer, elitist (among other things) and now seer; Peggy Noonan – just knows that Donald Trump, the man who wants Mexico to pay for a wall along the border, the man who called immigrants rapists and criminals, the man who threw Jorge Ramos of Univision out of his press conference – is really the man for America’s Hispanic community.
Something is going on, some tectonic plates are moving in interesting ways. My friend Cesar works the deli counter at my neighborhood grocery store. He is Dominican, an immigrant, early 50s, and listens most mornings to a local Hispanic radio station, La Mega, on 97.9 FM. Their morning show is the popular “El Vacilón de la Mañana,” and after the first GOP debate, Cesar told me, they opened the lines to call-ins, asking listeners (mostly Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican) for their impressions. More than half called in to say they were for Mr. Trump. Their praise, Cesar told me a few weeks ago, dumbfounded the hosts. I later spoke to one of them, who identified himself as D.J. New Era. He backed Cesar’s story. “We were very surprised,” at the Trump support, he said. Why? “It’s a Latin-based market!”
This is the same Peggy Noonan (there is only ONE) who just knew Mitt Romney was going to win the presidency in 2012 because of all the yard signs she saw
And there’s the thing about the yard signs. In Florida a few weeks ago I saw Romney signs, not Obama ones. From Ohio I hear the same. From tony Northwest Washington, D.C., I hear the same.
And now, because of the hombre in la bodega, she just knows Donald Trump has the Hispanic vote in the bag.
Our crack reporters have captured Peggy doing her research on the Hispanic views of Trump.
Peggy unobtrusively sneaks into her favorite bodega in East Harlem – the one where she gets her Mai Tai mix