Monday, October 18, 2010

Sharron Angle defends her race-baiting ad: 'I'm not sure those were Latinos,' and 'Some of you look a little more Asian to me'

-- by Dave

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Seems that Sharron Angle doesn't want to cop to the naked race-baiting of her "illegal aliens" ads -- especially not when she's in a room full of Latino students.

She was called on the race-baiting this weekend, and she tried two different dodges:

-- Those weren't Latinos in those ads, which really were about security on our northern border.

-- What's the difference between Latinos and Asians anyway? We're all just a big melting pot, right?

No, really. That's what she said.

Jon Ralston at the Las Vegas Sun has the gory details:

Question: Why is it that in all of your commercials you have the image of Latinos? What do you see when you hear, and I quote, “illegal aliens?”

Angle: I think that you’re misinterpreting those commercials. I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That’s the most porous border that we have. We cannot allow terrorists; we cannot allow anyone to come across our border if we don’t know why they’re coming. So we have to secure all of our borders and that’s what that was about, is border security. Not just our southern border, but our coastal border and our northern border.

Yeah, who could have gotten the idea those were Latinos in that commercial, eh? Silly of them, really. But then, if you wanted to check for yourself, you might have a problem since Angle was so proud of the ad she took it down from YouTube.

Fortunately, we still have it here:

You'll notice the intense discussion of our northern border (which, incidentally, is largely on forested tracts or grasslands -- not a sagebrush desert) in this ad. By its utter absence.

Not content to have dug herself a deep hole, Angle then kept digging:

"So that’s what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that. [Note: it's the Hispanic Student Union. The whole room is Hispanic teenagers.] What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly."

In any event, her ignorance seems to know no bounds.

Are Nevadans really seriously thinking of sending this woman to the Senate?

[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]

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