In the aftermath of the lethal overtake of the U.S. Capitol constructing on Jan. 6, Spanish-language radio in Miami remained abuzz with conspiracy theories and unfounded election fraud claims. Blame for the outbreak of violence was largely aimed on the imagined presence of Black Lives Matter and antifa.
To make certain, there was a shared sense of disgrace that crossed occasion traces, with widespread condemnation of the destruction and the 5 deaths that resulted after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to disrupt formal proceedings to certify election ends in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.
But Trumpism remained agency amongst many supporters—together with Cuban American voters who provided a boost for the Republican Party in the course of the November 2020 presidential elections in addition to those that traveled to Washington to participate within the pro-Trump rally that preceded the Capitol mayhem. The Cuban flag has been current at many pro-Trump rallies, and flags from different international locations with a powerful right-wing factor among the many American diaspora were present on Jan. 6 as effectively.
Social media influencers with giant followings resembling Cuban American YouTube movie star Alexander Otaola argued there’s a tendency amongst far-left liberals to “criminalize” Trumpism and warned “the opposition” that Democrats now have “absolute power,” which he characterised as “dangerous.”
Otaola advised his followers that the United States has entered an period of censorship and pre-communism. Trump, like different Republican politicians, has promoted a hard-right, anti-socialist agenda that resonates with right-wing Cuban Americans. Coming from a rustic the place speech crucial of the federal government can imply jail time, the Facebook and Twitter bans in opposition to Trump, for instance, are considered as censorship. Issues resembling common well being care really feel like authorities takeover of personal enterprise.
“It’s communism, it’s socialism, it’s everything that we don’t want in this country,” Otaola mentioned on his YouTube broadcast “Hola!