'You can't just let someone go in and disgrace Hispanics'
TAMPA – Forget tomorrow.
A big takeaway of the 2016 election has already been written. Hispanic voters turned out in record numbers and whether or not that puts Hillary Clinton over the top, a powerhouse has awakened.
“You need to understand that voting is your voice. It’s a power. You can’t complain down the road if you don’t do something about it,” said Ryan Ore, 27, of St. Petersburg, the son of Mexican-Peruvian parents.
It was Saturday and Ore had just finished canvassing neighborhoods in Tampa as a volunteer for Mi Familia Vota, a group that worked to register Hispanic voters and get them to the polls.
Ore sat out the 2012 election, unmoved by either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. But he shared the outrage over Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward Mexicans and immigrants in general.
“There are lots of different Hispanics,” Ore said from the counter at Buddy Brew Coffee in Hyde Park. “Even though we’re not from the same country, we should feel that same prejudice.”
He said Hispanic women in particular were eager to see Hillary Clinton elected because of sexism in the culture.
“My mom, she’s Mexican, and she wants to see a woman with power. A lot of Hispanic women want to show that 'We’re not just meant to clean, we’re not just meant to cook.' You can’t just let someone go in and disgrace Hispanics, disgrace women and get away with it.”