CNN’s Navarrette Plays Race Card


In a commentary published by, CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette Jr. plays the race card against the Republican Party. Here is how he begins his commentary:

Did you think the Republican Party had cornered the market on racism, nativism and ethnic demagoguery? If so, think again.

That is the GOP’s modus operandi when it comes to the immigration issue. In an ugly trend that started in the Southwest in the 1990s but has now moved on to the South and Midwest, Republicans have learned to scare up votes by exploiting fear of changing demographics and the anxiety that many Americans have about an “invasion” of illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.

But this fear of foreigners has proven just effective enough that Democrats are now borrowing the GOP’s playbook to advance their own causes.

Navarrette’s use of the race card against the Republican Party should not be surprising to anyone who has read his previous commentaries.  Navarrette’s own modus operandi is to use a straw-man argument against people who speak out against illegal immigration.  It is common for Navarrette to equate opposition to illegal immigration with opposition to all immigration.

Contrary to what Navarrette claims, the Republican Party doesn’t promote fear of foreigners. Instead, the Party promotes the rule of law.

In his commentary, Navarrette says that a certain group of Democrats should be ashamed for engaging in race-baiting.  What about being ashamed when one makes a false charge of racism?


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  • JWH

    Actually, Nevarrette on this one. He rightly calls out Progress Kentucky for its attack on Mitch McConnell’s wife.

    • herddog505

      I’m confused: Progress Kentucky is a democrat super-pac. Navarette is grousing about (surprise, surprise) the GOP being a bunch of nasty ol’ meany poopy-head RAAAAACISTS.

      • JWH

        Read the whole thing. He beats up on Progress Kentucky pretty badly.

        • herddog505

          Wow. I’m glad you suggested that. I’m shocked that he wrote such a thing.

          • jim_m

            Sorry, it’s hard to beat up on someone when your primary method of doing so is to thoroughly trash their opponent and then claim that the person you are criticizing is being a little too much like that opponent.

            You don’t have to preface how awful Progress Kentucky is by spending line after line detailing how racist you think the GOP is.

          • herddog505

            Look at it this way: I’m sure that, in Navarette’s book, “you’re acting like a Republican!” is about as harsh a criticism as he can level. For him to call out his own side like that is pretty significant, and I’m glad to see it.

          • jim_m

            Maybe so. But I still say that you don’t have to beat me up before punching your brother.

          • JWH

            Jim, two different things. I beat you up because I don’t like you. I punch my brother because it makes him stronger.

            (Actually there’s some truth to that. My brother’s grown into a fine, tough young man. It just took a little punching when he was a kid)

          • jim_m

            Fair enough. But then that is why I think that Navarette doesn’t deserve a break just because he punches his brother.

          • herddog505

            I wish my mother had understood that: “But MO-OOOOMMM!!! I’m only beating him up for HIS OWN GOOD!”

  • jim_m

    Democrats are now borrowing the GOP’s playbook to advance their own causes.

    Seeing how the dems were the ones who seceded from the union over slavery and that they formed the KKK, it is going to take quite a lot before they are able to borrow anything from anyone in terms of racism. Seeing as I don’t think they are spooling up for a run at committing genocide (one of the few things the dems haven’t done over the last century),I think the dems can work out of their own songbook for a long time yet.

  • herddog505

    CNN’s Navarrette Plays Race Card

    In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning…

    For your consideration:

    Is Navarette:

    1. Dishonestly playing the race card for partisan reasons, i.e. he KNOWS that the GOP isn’t racist*, yet is smearing them as such to score political points on behalf of his side;

    2. Honestly playing the race card because he really believes that the GOP is racist because he simply doesn’t know any better, or;

    3. So damned stupid that he doesn’t know what racism actually is, and therefore ANYTHING he doesn’t like is “racist”?


    (*) I’m sure that there are racists in the GOP. I know damned well that there are in the democrat party.

    • Vagabond661

      1 and 3?

      2 and 3?

    • Robin Sizemore

      Not only are there racists in the Democratic Party, their racism is accepted. My sister-in-law, who is decidedly not racist, said to me (with a straight face) that Robert Byrd’s documented historic racism was okay with her because, “he [got] our state a lot of money.” On the other hand, she bashed Romney constantly because of examples of alleged racism that she could not back up when questioned.

      Double standards abound.

  • MartinLandauCalrissian

    Another liar in the Old Media complex. Imagine that.

  • GarandFan

    When your argument fails to sway anyone, drop the race card.

  • Brian_R_Allen

    Fascist Media, CNN Division’s Navarrette plays the race card.

    And in other breaking news the sun set in the West again yesterday.