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Posted by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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 Republican congressman refers to Latino workers as ‘wetbacks'

 

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, March 28, 2013 23:45 EDT

Don Young screenshot

 Update (below): House Speaker condemns ‘wetbacks' remark

 

Republican Rep. Don Young of Alaska on Thursday used a racial slur during an interview with a local radio station.

 

"My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 or 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes," Young said in the interview with KRBD. "You know, it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It's all done by machine."

 

The congressman was discussing the need to reduce the need for imports by bringing industries back to the United States.

 

Young's comments come at an inopportune time for the Republican Party, which has recently sought to increase its appeal among minority voters - and Hispanic Americans in particular - following their loses in the 2012 elections. President Barack Obama won 75 percent of the Hispanic electorate last year.

 

"If Republicans continue to follow on the course that the right wing and Tea Party have set for them, they're going to find, they're going to follow on the course of California Republicans, which is a course of irrelevancy and self-destruction," Presente.org executive director Arturo Carmona told Raw Story last year.

 

Update: House Speaker condemns ‘wetbacks' remark

 

"Congressman Young's remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds," House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said in prepared text released Friday. "I don't care why he said it - there's no excuse and it warrants an immediate apology."

 

The speaker's condemnation came just as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made similar remarks on Twitter. "Don Young's comments were offensive and have no place in our Party or in our nation's discourse," McCain tweeted. "He should apologize immediately."

 

Apparently neither man realized that Young apologized on Thursday, hours after the interview aired. "During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California," he explained in an advisory. " I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect."

 

Listen to audio, uploaded to YouTube, below:

 http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/28/republican-congressman-refers-to-latino-workers-as-wetbacks/

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Kitschy
by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

FFS that whole party is doomed. lol

Paperfishies
by Bronze Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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What an old bastard.
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 4:55 PM

And Republicans immediately blasted him and demanded an apology - as they should.


http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-blast-don-young-demand-apology-192021851--abc-news-politics.html

Raintree
by Gold Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Quoting SallyMJ:

And Republicans immediately blasted him and demanded an apology - as they should.

http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-blast-don-young-demand-apology-192021851--abc-news-politics.html




After he apologized, haha
SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Per your own story, they didn't know he had apologized. And what of it?

So what is more important: to condemn the statement, irrespective of any time frame - or to wait to hear whether he has apologized? Most people would agree with me that condemning the statement is more important. 

You would feel the same way if that person making the boneheaded statement was a Democrat. Why hold two standards? Shows bias. 


Quoting Raintree:

Quoting SallyMJ:

And Republicans immediately blasted him and demanded an apology - as they should.


http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-blast-don-young-demand-apology-192021851--abc-news-politics.html




After he apologized, haha



Friday
by Platinum Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Sounds like a real class act. Of course he meant disrespect, there is not one thing respectful about the term 'wetback', at all, ever.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

LucyMom08
by Silver Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM
I know...it says that in my OP...

Quoting SallyMJ:

And Republicans immediately blasted him and demanded an apology - as they should.


http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-blast-don-young-demand-apology-192021851--abc-news-politics.html

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Of course - Just backing you up from another source.  :)


Quoting LucyMom08:

I know...it says that in my OP...

Quoting SallyMJ:

And Republicans immediately blasted him and demanded an apology - as they should.


http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-blast-don-young-demand-apology-192021851--abc-news-politics.html



NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Mar. 29, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Yes...I do feel the same way when some boneheaded statement is made by a Democrat.

Currently, this tit for tat game is listing hard to the right though.

Quoting SallyMJ:

Per your own story, they didn't know he had apologized. And what of it?

So what is more important: to condemn the statement, irrespective of any time frame - or to wait to hear whether he has apologized? Most people would agree with me that condemning the statement is more important. 

You would feel the same way if that person making the boneheaded statement was a Democrat. Why hold two standards? Shows bias. 


Quoting Raintree:

Quoting SallyMJ:

And Republicans immediately blasted him and demanded an apology - as they should.


http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-blast-don-young-demand-apology-192021851--abc-news-politics.html




After he apologized, haha




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NWP
by Guerilla Girl on Mar. 29, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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Yep....I am glad that other republicans called him out for it. But they should be calling for his resignation if they truly want to change the direction of the party when it comes to welcoming hispanics.

Quoting Friday:

Sounds like a real class act. Of course he meant disrespect, there is not one thing respectful about the term 'wetback', at all, ever.


Neon Washable Paint

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