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Jilani: Increased support for Trump among Latino men weakens theories on 'demographic destiny'

Journalist Zaid Jilani said Monday that the increased support for former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE among Latino men in the 2020 election shows there isn’t “as much of a demographic destiny” as previously suspected.

Jilani told Hill.TV’s “Rising” that last year's vote undermines the idea that increases in Hispanic and Asian American populations will automatically lead to advantages for the Democratic Party. 

Jilani said that before the pandemic, low-wage Latino and Black workers experienced “very good wage growth,” saying the economy “was largely working for them” during the early years of the Trump administration. 

“I think the ultimate takeaway is you can’t assume that somebody because of their cultural, ethnic [or] racial background happens to lean a certain way,” he said. “I think that the attitudes of politicians as well as the conditions of the economy, the conditions of politics can actually shift a lot of these voters who are not necessarily a lock for any party.”