Speaking on Variety's The Big Ticket podcast, the 48-year-old singer said he is optimistic about Joe Biden winning the election.
Ricky Martin is "super sad" to see Latinos vouching for President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2020 Presidential election, which is just a few days away. Speaking in an upcoming episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket, Martin called the 'Latinos for Trump' coalition, who are trying to get him re-elected, as a "really scary" prospect. "It is super sad," he said. "I think there's a lot Hispanics that will vote him out. Trumpeters make a lot of noise and it's scary to see their enthusiasm. But us, we're doing what's right, the right way and we'll see what happens in November. I'm very optimistic."
Ricky Martin says it's "super sad" to see Latinos support President Trump https://t.co/NQMwrxPKTq— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 29, 2020
The 48-year-old singer is a vocal supporter of Joe Biden, who he claims to have supported "forever", and even met the Democratic candidate when he made a pit stop in Miami on his way to a campaign rally in Florida in September. "I’ve been supporting Biden forever," he said. "I think he is the only option we have and he is great and he has been in politics all his life." The "Livin' La Vida Loca" singer also issued a rallying cry to all the Democrats across the nation that taking out Trump is a job that needs to be done "together". "This is the moment," he said. "We all need to get together and be loud about the course of this nation." Speaking about the sense of unease he feels under the Trump administration, Martin added: "I am a Latino, gay, married to an Arab living in Trump’s America. We check all the boxes."
Ricky Martin’s support of Joe Biden hits close to home: “I am a Latino, gay [and] married to an Arab living in Trump’s America... We check all the boxes” https://t.co/VNZWHCXPyv— Variety (@Variety) October 27, 2020
When asked about Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez’s endorsement of Trump earlier this month, Martin was pretty quick to dismiss her influence. "Who is that? Next," he said. "She doesn’t exist. She wasn’t even elected by the people. She’s not part of this conversation.” Vazquez was appointed as the Governor of the state in 2019 when ex-Governor Ricardo Rosselló resigned from the post and his successor Pedro Pierluisi was removed by the state's Supreme Court. Vazquez became the de facto leader because she was the third in line as she held the position of Secretary of Justice. Not everybody is happy with Martin's comments, however, with people from the opposite side of the aisle jumping in to criticize the singer for his comments on Latino Trump supporters. Others pointed out that politics is not necessarily a race game and that people should be allowed to vote for a candidate of their choosing without bringing in race into the picture. User Grilled Tomatoes wrote: "That comment should be a big help. Nothing like telling someone their political choice is wrong because it doesn't conform to your own."
And he's correct. Just Trumps comments about Hispanics is enough. But his actions and inactions are over the top. And if you're one of those Hispanic that thinks he not talking about you, you're being very naive.— SARic (@SARic490) October 29, 2020
Latinos hold significant cards in the upcoming election for the Democrats with a national poll suggesting that 65 percent of Latinos said to be voting for Joe Biden or lean towards him, reports CBS News. Another state poll by Telemundo released on Thursday suggest that Biden holds a narrow lead over Trump among Hispanic voters in Florida. The poll also shows that Biden has strong support among Puerto Ricans, but more than 50 percent of Cuban-Americans, a key voting bloc in the state, heavily favor Trump. As per numbers available on Thursday, nearly 80 million Americans have already cast their voters in this election, according to US Elections Project. Right now, over 32 million Hispanics are projected to be eligible to cast their vote this year, which makes up 13 percent of all the eligible voters in the country. For the first time, the number is higher than the number of Black eligible voters in a presidential election.
I understand him, Trump has been xenophobic, talk about Latinos like they are less than human. Yet they have no self respect, self pride and support him.— Commonsense (@bleushel) October 29, 2020