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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Anti-immigrant rhetoric beginning to sound familiar — and not in a good way

Rally in Nazi Germany
Steve Benen: Months ago, it was clear that congressional Republicans feared an extended debate over immigration policy, and not just because they didn’t have a policy that party officials could agree on.

As Jon Chait explained back in April, “A drawn-out immigration debate commanding center stage will simply create more opportunities for conservative Republicans to say offensive things about Latinos. And make no doubt: however diligently their consultants coach them not to, they will say offensive things about Latinos."

Three months later, Jon’s prediction is holding up quite well. Many Republicans have, over and over again, participated in the debate in such a way as to offend Latinos and everyone else disgusted by bigotry.

And the problem persists. George Zornick reported from a rally yesterday in the nation’s capital, at which rhetoric about racial purity was apparently quite common.

As ThinkProgress noted, a white nationalist named John Tanton organized the rally; he is famous for works such as “The Case for Passive Case Eugenics" and saying that black Americans are a “retrograde species of humanity."

So, the rally went about as one would expect. Ken Crow, who used to be president of Tea Party of America until he bungled logistics of a Sarah Palin speech and is now affiliated with Tea Party Community, got up and started talking about “well-bred Americans."
Zornick transcribed Ken Crow’s comments: “From those incredible blood lines of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington and John Smith. And all these great Americans, Martin Luther King. These great Americans who built this country. You came from them. And the unique thing about being from that part of the world, when you learn about breeding, you learn that you cannot breed Secretariat to a donkey and expect to win the Kentucky Derby. You guys have incredible DNA and don’t forget it."
People who aren’t from America have different DNA, apparently. That would make them a different species. It’s a typical conservative grasp of science, really. And it’s also typical of racists to use pseudoscience to justify their beliefs [see idiots in photo above for Exhibit A]. Nice of him to throw Martin Luther King in there, so you know they’re just being racist to Latinos (AKA “donkeys") — so it’s OK black people!

And lest you think this was just some random collection of extremist nobodies out there, cherrypicked by lefties to make the entire right seem more racist, Benen would like you to know, “some Republican members of Congress were on hand — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) even delivered the keynote address — including Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)."

Note to Republicans: instead of complaining about how everyone’s always accusing you of racism, you might try just not being so gawdawfully racist.

[photo via Wikimedia Commons]

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