Harry Reid: "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican"

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In typical Democratic fashion, Harry Reid played the identity politics card in a speech to Hispanics in Las Vegas yesterday:

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday slammed Republicans for blocking comprehensive immigration reform and told Hispanics they shouldn’t be treated differently because “their skin’s a tone darker” than that of America’s early European immigrants.

“I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK,” Reid said, speaking to Latino supporters whose votes he needs to win re-election in November. “Do I need to say more?”

I can think of at least two reasons why people of Hispanic heritage would be Republicans: most Hispanics are pro-life and the Democrats embody the culture of death.  Also Hispanics tend to have a strong work ethic and Democrats are the party of big government handouts.

Here’s the video:

The Washington Times’ Kerry Pickett weighs in:

Having a Hispanic background myself, I am amused by Mr Reid’s declaration. His condescending statement only further supports the bigotry on the Left that demands Hispanics remain fearful of conservatives, so great Liberal hopes can rush in and save the day with government handouts and political union organizers.

This is not the first time Senator Reid made such an inane comment. Authors of the 2010 book Game Change wrote that the Nevada Democrat described then Senator Barack Obama as “light skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Senator Reid also attackedthe GOP and opponents of Obamacare as “slave holders.”

Marco Rubio also had a few choice words for Reid:

Update: Now that the video of Reid’s statement has been made public and Sharron Angle’s campaign has seized on it, he’s backpedaling. Color me unimpressed:

Sen. Reid’s contention was simply that he doesn’t understand how anyone, Hispanic or otherwise, would vote for Republican candidates because they oppose saving teachers’ jobs, oppose job-creating tax incentives for small businesses, oppose investments in job-creating clean energy projects, and oppose the help for struggling, unemployed Nevadans to put food on the table and stay in their homes,” read the statement.

I know this Politico report characterizes Reid’s statement as being a double down, but it isn’t anything of the sort. Reid knows he was caught saying something offensive and now he’s trying to get out of it.

The issue Reid has is that his son Rory is running for Nevada governor and is trailing Brian Sandoval, a Hispanic Republican, badly. Harry Reid is afraid that Nevada’s large Hispanic community will not just vote for Republican Sandoval for Governor but also Republican Sharron Angle for Senator, shutting out both Reids from political office.

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