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Published on November 5, 2020 5:48 AM

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by Ruben Navarrette Jr.Opinion columnist

SAN DIEGO ? The 2020 presidential election has still not produced a winner. But it did produce a bizarre spectacle that should send shivers down the spines of Democrats who care about winning not just this election, but also future ones down the road:

Latinos for Donald Trump. Like a lot of them.

Just when we thought this dreadful year couldn?t get any worse, it went from bloody awful to positively absurd.

The whole idea of Latinos for Trump is counterintuitive, like chickens for Colonel Sanders. Trump is the most anti-Latino president Americans have seen in nearly seven decades, since before we even started keeping track of the Latino vote in 1960.And yet, here we are, with his reelection hopes buoyed by stronger-than-expected support from Latino voters across the country.

According to some exit polls, President Trump captured as much as 36% of the Latino vote Tuesday night. That?s 3 points higher than the 33% I predicted he?d get. I knew Trump would do well with Latino conservatives because, well, most Latinos are conservative. We?re Democrats, by 2 to 1. But we?re conservative Democrats.

Remember what former President Ronald Reagan said about how he didn?t leave the Democratic Party as much as the Democratic Party left him?

President Donald Trump at a Latinos for Trump Coalition roundtable on Sept. 14, 2020, in Phoenix.
It?s the same way with Latinos. When Democrats talk about defunding the police and seem to coddle anti-fascists looters and rioters, they drift away from many Latino voters.

Now it appears, from exit polls, that Latino support helped Trump secure...