Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio listens to a supporter during a demonstration in Miami on Oct. 18, 2020. (Mario Cruz/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
Cristina Beltrán is an associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. She is the author, most recently, of “ Cruelty as Citizenship: How Migrant Suffering Sustains White Democracy .”
The Trump administration’s anti-immigration, anti-civil rights stance has made it easy to classify the president’s loyalists as a homogenous mob of white nationalists. But take a look at the FBI’s posters showing people wanted in the insurrectionist assault on the U.S. Capitol: Among the many White faces are a few that are clearly Latino or African American.
Such diversity highlights the fact that President Trump’s share of the Latino vote in November actually rose over 2016, notwithstanding years of incendiary rhetoric targeting Mexicans and other Latino communities. Yes, Trump’s voters — and his mob — are disproportionately White, but one of the more unsettling exit-poll data points of the 2020 election was that a quarter to a third of Latino voters voted to reelect Trump.