In red-carpet comments she gave Sunday night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, actor Salma Hayek told members of the Spanish-language press that even though U.S. Latinos have political tremendous power, they were not united during the elections, and this lack of unity helped to get Donald Trump elected president.
“Now, more than ever, I think we [Latinos] have to remain united,” Hayek said in Spanish. “The hope was that we could have been more united before these elections, because we would not be in this situation. Also, we would have proven that we have tremendous power in this country, but we ourselves didn’t take advantage of that power.”
When a reporter reminded Hayek that Latinos do have power, the Mexican actor agreed, but added that “we could have determined the future of this country and of other countries.”
According to national exit polls, Trump won 29 percent of the Latino vote, a figure that has been roundly disputed by Latino political observers. During the election season, Hayek was a vocal supporter for Hillary Clinton.
Of the top 10 states with the largest Latino populations, Clinton won six of the states (California, New York, Illinois, Colorado, New Jersey and New Mexico), while Trump won four (Texas, Florida, Arizona and Georgia). When looking at the states with the greatest percentage share of Latinos, Clinton won seven states (New Mexico, California, Nevada, Colorado, New Jersey, Illinois, New Jersey) and Trump won three (Texas, Arizona, Florida).