Sharron Angle’s war on Canada
By Nevada Democratic Party
Last week during their debate, Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle told Democrat Harry Reid to "man up." But it's time for Angle to own up to her own incessant race-baiting over immigration.
A couple of weeks ago, Angle released an ad with sinister overtones showing Latino "illegal immigrants" sneaking through a "border fence." It even uses a stock photo Republican Senator David Vitter deployed in a similar advertisement. The ad restates a number of debunked claims about Reid's record on immigration, but the most egregious part of the ad is where she contrasts an image of "scary-looking" Latino "migrants" with a group of happy, white college students while saying, "Reid wants to give "preferred college tuition rates to none other than illegal aliens." The DREAM Act, to which the ad was referring, would grant a path to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants who were brought here before the age of 16 -- not to people who had crossed the border illegally under their own agency. She had
But during an appearance before a group of Hispanic children at Rancho High School in Nevada, Angle implausibly claimed she had no idea that the people in the ad were meant to be Hispanic, and claimed the ad was about the "northern border." From Las Vegas Sun reporter Jon Ralston:
Question: Why is it that in all of your commercials you have the image of Latinos? What do you see when you hear, and I quote, "illegal aliens?"
Angle: I think that you're misinterpreting those commercials. I'm not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That's the most porous border that we have. We cannot allow terrorists; we cannot allow anyone to come across our border if we don't know why they're coming. So we have to secure all of our borders and that's what that was about, is border security. Not just our southern border, but our coastal border and our northern border.
This is an example of how racism in politics works these days -- when a political candidate wants to exploit racial animus, all he or she has to do is leave themselves some semblance of plausible deniability. The problem is, Angle didn't leave herself any. When confronted by a high school student about her inaccurate, race-baiting ads demonizing Latinos, Angle dissembled and suggested she's actually concerned about a massive influx of Canadians. Then after demonizing Latinos, she has the chutzpah to ask for their votes.
It's not like this was the first time the content of Angle's ads had been brought to her attention either. Last month, chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Hispanic Caucus Tibi Ellis, who has also acted spokesman for Angle's campaign, condemned the earlier Angle immigration ad as "propaganda." About a week later, Angle released the other one.
And Reid's the one who supposedly has a hard time taking responsibility for himself?