Trump Touts 'Great Relationship' With Hispanic Voters as They Sour on Biden

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Donald Trump is touting his "great relationship" with Hispanic voters.

Appearing Thursday on Senator Rick Scott's podcast NRSC Red Zone, the former president said "it's a whole different Republican Party now" because of the support from the demographic.

Trump's comment comes as President Joe Biden is losing support among the voting bloc. A recent Quinnipiac survey found just 28 percent of Hispanic voters approve of the job Biden is doing as president—a decrease of 13 percentage points in just a few months.

"They're incredible people, energetic," Trump told Scott. "They have tremendous entrepreneurial skill. If you look at small businesses throughout the country, we have a lot of Hispanics. They like me and I like them, and what can be said?"

Trump was the first guest on Scott's new podcast, which points to how influential he remains among the GOP. Scott is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm for electing conservatives to the chamber. In the episode, the two criticized the Biden administration over the economy and immigration.

Polls show that Hispanics disapprove of Biden's handling of those two issues. Approximately 61 percent of Hispanic voters polled by Quinnipiac said they disapprove of Biden's job on the economy. In a separate survey from The Economist/YouGov, most Hispanics "strongly disapproved" of his handling of immigration issues.

Republicans are aiming to take back control of Congress in the 2022 midterm election cycle. Polling averages show the party with a leg up on Democrats, who currently enjoy narrow majorities in the House and Senate.

Trump has already weighed in on more than 50 federal races across the country, issuing endorsements to candidates who have supported his agenda or backed his false claims about the 2020 election.

Trump Touts ‘Great Relationship’ with Hispanics
Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Donald Trump is touting his “great relationship” with Hispanic voters. In this photo, Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally at the Canyon Moon Ranch festival grounds in Florence, Arizona on January 15, 2022. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

The Quinnipiac survey from January found that Hispanic voters were split on whether they'd support a Democratic or Republican candidate for the Senate if the election were held today.

The survey also found that a third of Hispanic voters would like to see Trump run for president again in 2024. Trump has repeatedly hinted at a possible comeback, calling himself the "45th and 47th [president]" in a recent video. Biden is the 46th president of the United States.

Hispanic leaders have begun sounding the alarm on the drop of Democratic support from the voting block. Lisa Navarette, an advisor at UnidosUS, told Newsweek last month that Democrats may be starting to understand that their lack of investment with the community is "costing them" and "they're leaving votes on the table."

Strategist Ruy Teixeira, in an essay titled The Democrats' Hispanic Voter Problem on the Libral Patriot's website, wrote that the Hispanic shifts against Democrats are "worse" than they think.

"The Democrats are steadily losing ground with Hispanic voters," Teixeira wrote. "The seriousness of this problem tends to be underestimated in Democratic circles for a couple of reasons: (1) they don't realize how big the shift is; and (2) they don't realize how thoroughly it undermines the most influential Democratic theory of the case for building their coalition."

Lucas Acosta, a senior spokesperson at the Democratic National Committee, pointed to the work being done by the committee to "combat Republicans' war on the right to vote" and said Democrats "will keep fighting for Latino families."

"Democrats have been, and will continue to be, on the ground organizing Latino voters and ensuring Republicans can't run away from their extremist record," Acosta told Newsweek in an email. "Under Donald Trump, Republicans gifted corporations billions of dollars in tax cuts at the expense of the middle class, and created new incentives to ship jobs away from our country—it'll take a lot more than a photo-op to make Latino voters forget that."

Update 02/04/22, 3:25 p.m. ET: This story was updated with more information and background.