This Monday, Fox News Anchor Brit Hume dismissed the notion that GOP members of the House should support the immigration reform legislation that was just passed the Senate — because Hispanic voters are not as important to Republicans as white voters are.
Hume’s comments came in response to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s comments, in which she said Republicans may never win another election if they don’t help pass immigration reform.
“And I’m absolutely convinced that this trope that you’re hearing that says that if the Republicans don’t go for immigration reform much as the Senate has done, they’ll never win another presidential election. Oh balony,” Hume said during an appearance on the Fox show America’s Newsroom. “If you look at the statistics, you find that there was one significant bloc of voters who turned out in smaller numbers this time in a major way — way below expectations, below even their ’08 turnout, and that was white voters. Now, that doesn’t mean that if they turned out that Romney would have gotten them all, but it shows you that this Hispanic vote, which I think is now 8.5 percent of the electorate or something like that, is not nearly important as, still, as the white vote, which is above 70 percent.”
In the ’12 election, Mitt Romney won a dismal 27 percent of the Hispanic vote, an factor that many agree contributed to his loss. Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Watch Brit Hume on Fox’s America’s Newsroom in the video below.