Via Talking Points Memo:
Brewer chalked up the GOP’s low standing among Latino voters to pandering on the part of President Barack Obama. Appearing on “POLITICO LIVE” at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Brewer said Obama has ignored border security in favor of winning more Latino votes.
“He panders to them,” Brewer said. “Look what he’s done: he hasn’t secured the borders.”
“I think President [sic] Romney believes in the rule of law, and he knows and understands” Brewer said. “When he becomes president, I think we’re going to be able to solve a lot of these issues.”
She also contended that Democratic charges of racism directed at border hawks within the Republican Party are unfair.
“It’s all the time, that we’re race-baiting; it’s all the time, you know, that we’re bigots,” Brewer, who added that Obama is also guilty of race-baiting on the issue.
What proves Brewer’s bigotry is that she sees Hispanics and Latinos merely as immigrants — and undocumented ones at that. Her “securing the borders” comment proves it.
A representative of the uber-conservative Heritage Foundation two days ago said that voting is a “privilege,” and suggested it is not a right. Israel Ortega, who “serves as The Heritage Foundation’s chief spokesman to Spanish-language news media,” told MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry that voters should prove they are “legitimate,” by being forced to present photo ID and other state-licenses in order to be able to vote. Ortega also said, “voter suppression, if it’s real…” suggesting it’s not.
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