After many polls had already closed on Tuesday night, former Biden administration press secretary Jen Psaki implied that Democrats support socialism.
Democrats lost a huge amount of Latino support in Florida because "socialism does not play there," Psaki tweeted, saying "the Latino vote is not the same everywhere."
Psaki's comment came as Democrats had a terrible night in Florida, even losing the majority-Latino Miami-Dade County, once a blue stronghold. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, both Republicans, cruised to victory, with DeSantis winning an astonishing 60 percent of the vote to Democrat Charlie Crist's 40 percent.
"The Florida Democratic Party has completely collapsed," Republican strategist Giancarlo Sopo wrote. "This wasn't just a wave or a tsunami. It was a red asteroid that hit them in Florida."
Psaki's tweet also comes as Democrats grow increasingly open about supporting socialism. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D., Nev.) said last month that she was "proud to stand" with a self-proclaimed socialist, while the Democratic National Committee adopted a slogan from Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro for its Latino outreach program.
The party's shift toward the controversial ideology is likely turning off Latino voters, especially Cuban immigrants and their families. Forty percent of Latinos are "concerned about Democrats embracing socialism," the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Psaki's comment also indicates that Democrats have stopped using the made-up term "Latinx" to describe Hispanic people. Another 40 percent of Latinos say the term offends them, while 30 percent say they are less likely to support a politician who uses it, the Free Beacon reported.