As a nuisance for the party, Democrats were particularly tinted with voters in Hispanic and Asian-American communities, where Republican attacks on Democrats as a leftist party appear to be echoing, with Mr. Biden in Florida Denied victory and incurred costs. Democrat congressional seats in that state as well as Texas and California. Indeed, the only House seats of Republicans that were not in the districts Mr. Trump also took heavily into Hispanic or Asian regions.
Later this week at the Democratic conference, Representative Linda Sanchez, a former member of the House Leadership, described the Democrats’ Latino outreach strategy as a dismal failure, according to the two who attended the call. And Florida Representative Donna Shalala, who lost her seat in a heavily Hispanic district, complained over the call that her party did not effectively refute Republicans’ portraying Democrats as socialists.
“Police, open borders, socialism – it’s killing us,” said Representative Vicente Gonzalez, a Democrat from South Africa. He garnered more than 50 percent of the vote two years after gaining nearly 60 percent of the vote. “I had to fight to explain all that.”
“The average white person,” Mr. Gonzalez said, may associate socialism with Nordic countries, but for Asian and Hispanic immigrants it misses the “leftist regime”.
California Representative Harley Rouda, an Orange County Democrat who lost her bid for re-election, said the party needed to deliver a more outspoken and liberal message if it wanted to claim districts like its own. Mr. Rouda, who plans to run again in 2022, said he faced centrist voters and several Vietnamese-American voters in his district, many of whom withdraw from the rhetoric of socialism.
“The statement that the Democratic Party is borderline socialist, we need to struggle more on that because it is simply not true,” he said. “We needed to be more powerful defending the liberal position of the Democratic Party overall.”
Chuck Rocha, a longtime Democratic adviser, said that while many white Democrats “see black and brown people as one”, people are open to the party and party rather than approaching Hispanic people. Need to explain.