Republicans claim to be a friend of the Hispanic community, but it’s pretty clear how they really feel after this exchange about immigrants at the South Carolina Freedom Summit.
Citizen’s United president David Bossie organized the summit and the GOP presidential candidates heeded the call to attend in an effort to prove who is the most extreme candidate in the field.
As we all know, the GOP is desperate to woo Latino voters back into the fold after devastating defeats in the previous two presidential elections which saw Democrats capture 67 percent and 71 percent of the Latino vote respectively while Republicans have barely managed to get over 30 percent. And it appears Republicans would still like Hispanics to club them over the head in 2016 as well.
During the summit, GOP pollster Frank Luntz asked Bossie’s mother-in-law what advice she had for the candidates. In response, she chose to insult undocumented immigrants. Instead of referring to them correctly as human beings, she compared them to rats and roaches and accused them of voter fraud.
One man, one vote. People are comin’ in this country across the borders like rats and roaches in the wood pile. We’ve got a state like Minnesota that says it’s not our business to check ’em out, we just register ’em. We’ve got to get control. That’s what they need to know.
At that point, the crowd erupted in applause in the name of bigotry.
Here’s the video via C-SPAN.
And not a single Republican candidate called her out for her vile remarks during the summit. Not even Marco Rubio had the courage to speak up against this blatant racism.
This is precisely why Republicans do not deserve votes from Latino voters in 2016. Clearly, they still continue to treat Hispanics like they are vermin. In 2012, Mitt Romney outraged Hispanics by suggesting they self-deport out of the country. Three years after that embarrassing defeat, conservatives are not only doubling down on their anti-immigration stance, they are making it uglier. Republicans claimed that they learned from their past defeats and stated their intention to reach out to Latino voters in order to repair what has been a broken relationship, but it looks like conservatives would rather Latinos vote 100 percent against their party. Then the GOP can be the party that only white people vote for.