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


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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Comments (20)

Gotta get that race card in... (Below threshold)

Gotta get that race card in there, right Harry?

I think the universal lesso... (Below threshold)

I think the universal lesson here is never interrupt a frustrated liberal too early in his/her rantings. Their twisted perspective will eventually surface with exactly zero energy expenditure on the part of the opposition. It's a rather beautiful phenomenon.

Another liberal racist rema... (Below threshold)

Another liberal racist remark. It is the white liberals that think blacks and hispanic's cannot make it on their own. They lack the drive and desire white people possess. At least in his mind. Conservatives have always believed that anyone, anyone can achieve what they want by education and hard work. Liberals believe it has to be given to them. Pathetic. I have no idea how minorities stick to the dem's. Every great move toward equality was authored by republicans and the strongest opponents of that move were democrat's. It must be the failing public education system. 75% of the american population is against comprehensive immigration legislation. That is a lot of republican racists. ;) Harry Reid and other liberals really do believe minorities are stupid. ww

I dont know how anyone cou... (Below threshold)

I dont know how anyone could vote for this racist dumocrat.

Harry Reid: "I don... (Below threshold)
Harry Reid: "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican"
So basically he's claiming that Hispanic's as a group are less intelligent than everyone else... The RACIST!!!!
Someone should introduce Se... (Below threshold)

Someone should introduce Senator Reid to Brian Sandoval, the Republican candidate for governor of Nevada. Sandoval, the former AG of Nevada and a federal judge.

That would be the guy who's looking to kick the ass of Rory something-or-other (some guy who doesn't like to mention his own last name) in the latest polls, I believe.


What's the Spanish word for... (Below threshold)

What's the Spanish word for "dumbass"?

What's the Spanish word ... (Below threshold)

What's the Spanish word for "dumbass"?


You're welcome.


I think JT nailed it. Juni... (Below threshold)

I think JT nailed it. Junior What's-his-name is getting his ass kicked by a HISPANIC conservative, so naturally Harry has to remind the proles who they're supposed to be voting for.

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

Translation: That conservative who's kicking my son's ass in the polls isn't really Hispanic!

I don't know how a... (Below threshold)

I don't know how anyone with a sense of fairness, a desire to work, compassion for others, and some basic intelligence could ever be a democrat.

What's the Spanish... (Below threshold)
What's the Spanish word for "dumbass"?


You're welcome.


Let's hear a rim shot!

Harry is Barry in 2012.. </... (Below threshold)

Harry is Barry in 2012..

" I dont know how anyone of African American heritage can vote for conservatives".

Or is that..... (Below threshold)

Or is that..

Harry is Barry in 2008? Guess it works both ways.

This is what is such a prob... (Below threshold)

This is what is such a problem for those families such as mine that are compartmentalized into one grouping. Seems like we are nothing but idiots that need a brilliant masser to enlighten us to how the BIG bad republicans are towards us.

Seems like Harry Reid is suggesting that Hispanic Americans need to understand their place(you know as a democrat slave voter...)

When I leave this comment I must disclose that some people wish that that hyphenated crap would disappear. We are Americans. Our son is in Afghanistan not for the Democrat's or the Republicans, but for this nation that he loves just as much as we do. He is American- and the uniform sees no color, nor does the flag, which covers equally to those soldiers who come home giving their all.

Mr. Reid you are an outdated racist that needs to go away. Regardless of any race that the left always seems to point out, we would prefer to be seen as we see ourselves...as Americans. We choose as our parents and grandparents and perhaps even for centuries of generations, to reside in this nation-as it is our home. Seems like we are well equipped to make that sound of a choice...and thankfully we can still choose a political affiliation(Good riddance Mr. Reid).

I have grown weary of peopl... (Below threshold)

I have grown weary of people contrasting the Hispanics to the European immigrants. According to my globe (which is not totally up-to-date) Spain appears to be contained within Europe.

Borrowing the definition fr... (Below threshold)

Borrowing the definition from #8...
¡Adios, *Reid*!

Macacca isn't offens... (Below threshold)

Macacca isn't offensive when it comes out of a liberal asshole.

What's amazing is that the ... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

What's amazing is that the Democrat voter base even is more racist and more idiotic than Reid.

When I leave this commen... (Below threshold)

When I leave this comment I must disclose that some people wish that that hyphenated crap would disappear. We are Americans.

But if we were all Americans, how would we divide ourselves into groupings that could be set against one another?

Wow, Harry and I actually h... (Below threshold)

Wow, Harry and I actually have something in common. I don't know how anyone who with American heritage could be a Democrat?






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