Texas House candidate Monica De La Cruz doesn’t believe Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media understand South Texas’ Hispanic community.
“We’re not complicated people here in South Texas. We love America. We want security. We love our family and we love God. It really is that simple and that’s why our values align with the Republican Party,” De La Cruz told Fox. Digital News.
De La Cruz takes on progressive Democrat Michelle Vallejo in Texas’ newly redesigned 15th congressional district along the southern border. She feels the left has woken up to the fact that more Hispanic voters are starting to embrace Republican politics, as a group partially funded by liberal billionaire George Soros tries to take over talk radio in Spanish and that the mainstream media have shed light on the changing landscape.
“I think there are several Hispanic candidates, as well as a diverse set of candidates within the Republican Party, that reflect the fabric of America,” she said.
“We have six excellent Hispanic candidates, most of whom are bilingual, who are a reflection of their community and who ultimately share the true values of Hispanics, which are law and order, love of God , their family, and an appreciation for hard work and the American dream,” De La Cruz continued. “I think our voice has become too loud to ignore, that the national media and the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]Soros can no longer ignore us and therefore can no longer take the Hispanic vote for granted.”
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While Hispanics seem more drawn to the GOP, De La Cruz doesn’t think the Democratic Party has done itself a favor when it comes to retaining core Hispanic voters.
“They woke up, pushing down their cultural radicalism, which includes Latinx. I mean, quite frankly, changing the culture of Latinos and our beautiful Spanish language. The average abuelita in Hispanic communities, they don’t know what what Latinx is, it doesn’t even make sense,” De La Cruz said. “The fact that they continue to impose this cultural radicalism on us is an insult to us, quite frankly, and it’s just one of the many reasons why people who were once with the Democratic Party are now leaving. “
De La Cruz has previously run in 2020 and nearly upset Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, in the process, and she’s noticed a sea change in South Texas voter ideology in recent years.
“2020 was a pivotal time for South Texas because at Texas 15 we obviously tipped the district 18 points,” she said. “We did it without any national help, any state help, just hundreds of patriots saying, ‘No more. We’re not awake anymore. We’re aware of what’s happening to us.'”
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De La Cruz thinks border security and immigration are two completely different things that everyone from Democratic lawmakers to mainstream media seem to lump together.
“The people of South Texas want a secure border. We believe in law and order, and that’s where the Democratic Party is wrong,” De La Cruz said. “They think Hispanics want an open border and that’s just not true. Hispanics here, people in South Texas want a safe and secure system.”
On immigration, De La Cruz said voters in his district “believe the Biden administration has caused the greatest humanitarian crisis” America has ever seen.
“That kind of situation is just unimaginable unless you live here in South Texas where these immigrants are being exploited by the cartels,” she said. “What we want to see is immigration reform. We want a faster system. We want a system that will get people here safely to really live the American dream they’re looking for.”
De La Cruz believes the national media simply isn’t spending enough time covering the crisis along the border. She noted that news organizations would send reporters to conduct a handful of interviews over a few days and “quickly publish a story as if they had solved” the problem.
“They don’t understand this area,” she said. “South Texas has been largely untouched by the national media. And because of that, I think they need to better understand who we are as people here and the values we represent.”
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Earlier this year, The New York Times called De La Cruz a “far-right Latina” in an article about herself, Rep. Mayra Flores, R-Texas, and House candidate Cassy Garcia. Much like mainstream media coverage of the frontier, De La Cruz believes the article is an example of elite coastal journalists who simply don’t understand the people of his region.
“They come here for 24-48 hours and write this article which is misleading and doesn’t share what the whole region is about. We’re not extremists, we’re not far-right.” she says. “We are common-sense individuals who love God, who love our family, and who love this country. And ultimately, if those values weren’t aligned with these individuals here in South Texas, with the communities in South Texas, then you wouldn’t see the success that we’re seeing on a national basis. The truth is that the Democratic Party, the New York Times, they can’t accept that, or believe that this area is exactly who we are.”
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Fox News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.