Lost in translation – GOP flip flops in two languages
We are used to politicians flip flopping on issues over time. But when it comes to wooing Latinos, the flip flopping happens from Spanish to English-language media. It seems politicians hope and expect Latinos are not watching English-language media.
Reince Priebus, Chairmen of the Republican National Committee, says that the GOP is committed to reaching out to the Hispanic Community. He went on Al Punto with Jorge Ramos, to underline this point: “The GOP is dedicated to building a long-term relationship with the Latino community.” But I guess he didn’t share his Spanish-tv talking points with Republicans in Iowa.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in a speech on the merits of work visas he compared immigrants to dogs. “You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest … not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner,” King went on to suggest that lazy immigrants should be avoided. “You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet,” King said. “We’ve got the vigor from the planet to come to America.”
One would think that Priebus, who a month earlier had taken to Spanish language T.V. to outline the GOP’s plan to woo Hispanic voters, would immediately renounce these statements.
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