Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sharron Angle "Not Sure" Immigration Ad Shows Latinos, Tells Hispanic Students They Look Asian

Sharron Angle, Nevada Republican senatorial candidate, Tea Party favorite and extreme right winger, met in Las Vegas with a group of Hispanic high school students who asked her to explain TV ads that immigrant and Hispanic organizations have cited as race baiting. Here's one showing dark-skinned men sneaking past a fence, ready to threaten Americans:

Angle told the students that they were "misinterpreting the commercials. Her explanation:

"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."

The fact that Harry Reid supports both immigration reform and border security measures is not mentioned in the ad. Regardless, for Angle to claim that the men depicted in the ad are not supposed to be Latino is disingenuous at best. In addition, did anyone know that there's a problem in Nevada regarding terrorists coming through our northern border, on the other side of which is Canada?

Those were not Angle's only bizarre comments. She also told the students, "I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me." When the students started to murmur, Angle reassured them that she was once identified in error as "the first Asian legislator in the Nevada assembly." A student caught her comments via cell phone:

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