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As was true throughout his presidency Donald Trump could rely on the Senate’s two Latino Republicans, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz, to back him up.

In his 4 years in office, they had rarely opposed him and often allowed him.

Cruz of Texas was among the leaders of the group of Republicans who followed Trump on questioning reasonable election outcomes and voted against licensing President Joe Biden’s win even after the violent attack on the Capitol.

Although Rubio didn’t join Cruz in voting to contest the election results and criticized the Capitol attack, he did not condemn Trump by name or connect the violence to him.

On Saturday both declined to convict Trump on the impeachment charge that he had prompted the lethal violent Capitol attack, opening the door for the former president to run once again, although both are viewed as wishing to run for president too.

Trump sought to alter the outcome of totally free and fair elections run by bipartisan authorities and found to be legitimate by the courts, consisting of the Supreme Court. He then insisted Vice President Mike Pence turn down the procedure accrediting Biden’s win, and when Pence didn’t do it Trump assaulted him on Twitter as Pence and his family fled a hazardous mob.

With those votes, Americans saw 2 of the most strident voices versus anti-democratic governance in Venezuela, Cuba and other parts of Latin America declare the actions of a president who has mirrored pages from the playbook of autocratic governments– both from the left and the.

Generations of Latin Americans have actually paid the price of wrenching political, social and economic upheaval as an outcome of anti-democratic presidents, oftentimes approved by the U.S. Currently, it’s one of the factor so many migrant households leave Central America. Historically, these autocrats, referred to as caudillos (strongmen, although some are women) have actually ignored the guideline of law, questioned fair election outcomes and flouted the organized transfer of power.

In his time in office, Trump unlocked to white supremacists and nationalists in the White House, spread false information and conspiracy theories and lied consistently. He stated reporters to be “enemies of individuals,” tried to bend laws and institutions and saw the federal government as part of his political campaign, such as using the White Home for the national convention.

Senators Cruz and Rubio are “reaffirming that they are not on the side of democracy,” said César Martínez-Gomariz, a political expert who has actually dealt with several Republican governmental projects.

” I don’t know if they can search in the faces of their daddies and state, ‘Hey think what? You ran out on a totalitarian. I come here and I’m supporting a person who wants to turn into one,'” he stated.

Apart from the riot, among Trump’s most destructive, anti-democratic traditions was contradicting Biden’s legitimate win– and the fact many Republicans didn’t press back.

Previous congressman Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican and child of Cuban exiles, stated that had he been in Congress, he wouldn’t have voted to dispute Biden’s Electoral College vote wins, as 7 Latino House Republicans did.

” At the end of the day, the decision was whether to boost the lie that the election was stolen and plant doubts about qualified election outcomes or to accept the outcomes,” stated Curbelo, an NBC News analyst.

On Jan. 8, Trump tweeted he would not attend Biden’s inauguration. New york city University liberal research studies teacher Patricio Navia later tweeted:” Much like Cristina Fernandez in2015 Donald Trump is the very first Latin American President in the U.S.”

The referral was to Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina’s former president and now its vice president, who declined to attend her successor’s inauguration in2015 Perpetrating what is known as the Big Lie, Trump has still not yielded he lost the November election.

” Donald Trump behaves as a normal Latin American authoritarian figure and it seems that some Latino legislators in the U.S. are fine with that, supplied the ideologies and policies that Trump protects are connected with free markets,” stated Navia, who also is a politics professor at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile. “It’s not that they do not like dictators, It’s that they do not like left-wing dictators.”

Navia said Rubio’s and Cruz’s acquittal of Trump in the context of their opposition to anti-democratic socialist and communist governments advises him of the quip often credited to Groucho Marx: “Those are my principles and if you don’t like them … well, I have others.”

Outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on the day of the riot, Jan. 6, 2021. Eric Lee/ Bloomberg through Getty Images file

After the Jan. 6 riot, Latino households who fled nations with anti-democratic and rough politics searched in shock and dread.

” I had actually constantly been raised to think that somehow this country was different,” said filmmaker Cristina Constantini, 32, “that a mob of upset and violent advocates of a high-handed leader could not just require their way into our Capitol building.”

The images of the fatal riot brought Constantini’s dad to tears, she stated; he was given the U.S. as a kid leaving Argentina’s military dictatorship. “I believe it was like a sense of grieving for something that he thought couldn’t ever break in a way things are broken in other nations,” Constantini stated.

Only 2 Latino Republicans in your home of Representatives, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio broke ranks with fellow Latino Republicans in your house and voted to impeach Trump.

Gonzalez, whose daddy left Cuba, chose to vote for impeachment after he spoke to law enforcement officers and examined video of the riot. Gonzalez accused Trump of abandoning his responsibility while members asked for assistance.

There certainly are Latinos who support Trump and cheer his acquittal. Rubio and Cruz’s defense and that of other Latino legislators who stood with him creates a brand-new backdrop that diminishes their denouncements of hazards that presidents in other nations position to democratic procedures, in light of their steady fidelity to Trump.

” I think the next time Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz go out there and state– you shouldn’t be stopping the votes of the democratic procedure’ they are going to go, ‘Hey, senators, Mr. Rubio or Mr. Cruz, get on the plane and go back. Take a look at your mess,” Martínez-Gomaris stated.

Trump’s acquittal unlocks to him running once again. Like Evo Morales of Bolivia, Trump will continue to run the party, Navia said. “He does not need to be the president to be the guy running the show,” he said.

Prior to the impeachment vote, Rubio had said the impeachment trial was bad for the nation and it was necessary to carry on. However it won’t be simple in a nation that Trump has left much more polarized, with polls revealing many Republicans still disbelieving Biden’s win.

” They modified their principles due to the fact that it was convenient,” Navia said. “The problem is often you go too far and it’s challenging to come back– they can no longer turn against Trump because they are so main, so part of what Trump has actually done, that they are going to pay the rate anyhow.”

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