Trump at an early campaign event in New Hampshire. Photo:
vast majority of Filipinos who migrated to the United States to settle
in the many towns and cities that dot the country from coast to coast
have for decades bucked the trend followed by most immigrants. Pinoys
gravitate towards the Republican Party instead of the Democratic Party.
Mexicans and other Latinos for instance, share the same Catholic faith
as Filipinos but overwhelmingly vote Democratic. There are also the
Vietnamese, Japanese, and Koreans who like Filipinos are Asian, but they
lean more towards the Democrats as well.
Filipinos appear the
only group of first-generation immigrants in the U.S. who identify more
with Republicans. On the face of it, this does seem unusual given that
Republicans appear to be xenophobic, intolerant, and non-inclusive
compared to Democrats. Thus more African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians
and other racial minorities identify more with Democrats than
But now that Donald
Trump is pushing the GOP far, far to the right, making even mainstream
Republicans uncomfortable, where do the large number of Pinoy
Republicans stand? Are they okay with banning all Muslims
from entering the U.S.? Do they stand with Trump when he says the
millions of illegals in the country should be deported?
It would not surprise
us if a vast number of them stand with Trump and his outrageous
pronouncements. Our despicable kanya-kanya attitude manages to
rear its ugly head anywhere you find Filipinos living abroad. For Pinoys
in the U.S. that attitude can be summed-up this way: "we managed to get
our green card or American citizenship and that's all that mattersówe
couldn't care less if everyone else is excluded or deported."
Who knows, maybe
that uncaring, spiteful attitude is what the Donald Trump campaign is
looking for. Blend that in with the anger and disenchantment from the
rest of Trump's supporters and you have the embodiment of everything
that's worrisome about today's America.