Democratic Senator Blasts Republican Party For Racist Antics
NY Democratic Senator Steve Israel is putting the GOP on blast for their blatantly racist antics. Echoing the sentiments of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Israel recently commented that he too feels President Obama’s race has everything to do with Republican opposition on several issues, most prominently immigration.
via The Guardian
An overhaul to the broken US immigration system remains stalled because “the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism,” the head of the committee to elect Democratic lawmakers to the House said Sunday.
Representative Steve Israel’s comments are in line with those from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi earlier this week, in which she blamed racial issues for Republicans’ failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation. Asked about Pelosi’s comments, New York’s Israel said he agreed with her assessment.
“To a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that’s unfortunate,” said Israel, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Frustration is mounting among the House’s Democratic minority and immigration activists about Republicans’ refusal to act on a far-reaching immigration bill passed by the Senate last year with bipartisan support.
The Senate bill would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally, and would tighten border security.
Republicans remain wary of a contentious debate on the divisive issue, which could anger their core voters and undercut potential electoral gains in the November elections when control of Congress will be at stake.
“I think race has something to do with the fact that they’re not bringing up an immigration bill,” Pelosi told reporters on Thursday.
Pelosi was responding to a question about whether race factors into how Republicans deal with members of the Obama administration. She accused Republicans of being generally disrespectful to members of the administration and to women.
It’s good to hear these GOP goons getting repeatedly called out for all the racist BS they’ve been peddling since President Obama came into office. Hopefully voters are paying attention.