Tom Tancredo’s latest racist message

“Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo on Monday unveiled a television ad depicting a hooded terrorist detonating a bomb inside a shopping mall, a message the Colorado congressman said he hoped would vault illegal immigration to its rightful place at the center of the campaign,” according to the L.A. Times.

Did I miss something? Were there any Mexican immigrants involved in 9/11? All of the previous mass terrorist attacks in this country were committed by white guys. The only Mexicans involved in 9/11 were the three hundred or so who perished in the World Trade Towers. They worked there.

But wait, there’s more. “The 30-second spot, which began airing on cable television in Iowa, casts Tancredo as the only candidate brave enough to buck political convention and discuss the true threat of immigration — terrorists crossing into the U.S. To view the ad, click here.”

If any terrorists have indeed entered the U.S. through our southern border, that is not the fault of the people of Mexico. The blame lies with our federal government.

Here are a few more excerpts from the L.A. Times article:

Dennis Goldford, a professor of politics at Drake University in Des Moines, called the Tancredo spot “an incredibly fear-based kind of advertisement that some might say is trying to terrorize people into supporting his view.”

The new ad says Tancredo would protect Americans from “jihadists who froth with hate.” An immigration activist says it’s Tancredo “frothing with hate.”

“I think this is political pandering at its worst,” said spokeswoman Clarissa Martinez of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which backed a congressional compromise that would have allowed some illegal immigrants to gain citizenship. “Unfortunately, we may see more ads like this in 2008.”

The Tancredo ad begins with the image of a gloved hand jamming a bomb into a backpack. Then it follows a hooded figure, whose face cannot be seen, strolling through a mall as a narrator decries “20 million aliens who have come to take our jobs” and “Islamic terrorists [who] now freely roam U.S. soil.”

In an accompanying radio spot, the congressman promises to “prosecute those who provide sanctuary to anyone who would harm us, deport all those who do not belong here, and put the military on the border if necessary.”

That last statement is amazing in its stupidity. Just look at the chart above, which denotes “Hispanics in the U.S. Civilian Labor Force and Military Services, 1997 to 2004.” If it were not for Latinos, the U.S. military would be grossly understaffed.

I do think that we will see more GOP candidates going the way of Tancredo as they fan the fires of hate in return for votes. Mitt Romney, in particular is going full speed in that direction. In fact, Romney recently “promised if elected to cut federal funding for cities and states that he considers tolerant of illegal immigration, according to the L.A. Times. Romney also “repeated statements he has made in recent days that he would deny funding to so-called sanctuary cities, states that issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and states that allow the children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition discounts at universities.”

Romney and Tancredo are significant threats to U.S. Latinos. The GOP is in danger of not only losing the White House, but also losing Latino voters, for generations to come. Even Orange County, where the GOP has ruled for years, will eventually see Latinos become the majority. Here in the O.C., Mike Schroeder has put himself and Assemblyman Van Tran’s legion of Mexican haters firmly behind Romney. That alone is reason for area Republicans to vote for anyone other than Romney – and his soulmate Tancredo.

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