A former spokesman for Washington D.C. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser says Joe Biden’s presidency has led him to switch political parties. He also voted for GOP businessman Glenn Youngkin, who defeated Terry McAuliffe last month to become Virginia’s next governor.
“The reason I switched parties is because of everything that’s going on in the country right now,” Victor Jimenez told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Wednesday night.
“We see immigration through the roof right now, and that is affecting a lot of Hispanic families in my home state of Virginia. And those are people who are already struggling with making ends meet.”
Jimenez, who was until recently the “lead public information officer at [Bowser’s] office for community affairs” and previously held a similar role for Latino outreach, said his shift of party affiliation “is not a small decision.”
He added that the illegal immigration crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border not being handled well by the Democratic Party is another reason why he chose to leave the Party.
“If you look at the southern border, we have thousands of people who are just waiting there,” he said. “And I’m not saying we don’t have good people try to come into the country with good intentions, but we also have bad people coming into the country with bad intentions. People with illegal guns and drugs and people who are running from their law enforcement in their own country.”
In October, the Customs and Border Protection arrested 164,303 illegal immigrants at the U.S.–Mexico border during Biden’s first October in office, setting the highest ever recorded in the month.
Responding to Carlson’s remarks that there is an assumption that “anyone who speaks Spanish is for open borders,” Jimenez said that is not true for him.
“Being Hispanic and Black, I should be Democrat by default,” he said. “But I am going against their narrative and I feel like right now everything is crumbling for the Democrats.”
Jimenez said the defeat of former Virginia governor McAuliffe by first-time politician Youngkin marks “the beginning of the end” for the Democrats.
“I feel like in 2022 next year, we’re going to see more of that,” he said.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report