Mean Season Has Started: GOP Crowd Cheers Calling Immigrants Rats And Roaches

If you care to remember the 2012 presidential election (I try to block it out but there isn’t enough wine in the world), you remember that the Republican primaries brought out the ugliest and the most cruel side of Republican voters.

Republican crowds almost seemed handpicked for their extreme xenophobia and Republican candidates capitalized on it. ABC News put together a list of some of the lowlights of just one debate, but allow me to briefly recap:

  • At a GOP primary debate, a crowd booed birth control. That’s right, birth control.
  • A crowd booed a hypothetical man in a coma who had no health insurance. “Let him die,” was the popular meme.
  • They booed gay soldiers serving in the military.
  • They cheered the fact that Rick Perry, as Governor of Texas, had executed more people than any modern governor.

Candidates played right a long. Newt Gingrich played the race card when he called Obama the food stamp president.

Donald Trump played the birther card.

I could go on, but if a recent event at the South Carolina Freedom Summit is any indication, this campaign season will be as ugly and hate-filled as the last eight years.

GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who is famous for framing the Republican message in a way that will outrage GOP voters, at least enough to go to the polls, asked candidate advice of the mother-in-law of Citizens United president David Bossie.

Her “advice” had to do with immigration:

“One man, one vote. People are comin’ in this country across the borders like rats and roaches in the wood pile. We’ve got a state like Minnesota that says it’s not our business to check ’em out, we just register ’em. We’ve got to get control. That’s what they need to know.”

Source: Huffington Post

The crowd — because they were the Republican base — went wild. Luntz asked if the speaker could be president and the crowd once again cheered.

The upside to this hideous behavior, at least if we don’t want a Republican to win, is that this sort of attitude puts GOP candidates firmly between a rock and a hard place. They need to pander to the base to win the nomination, but come time for the general election, if they don’t win more than 40 percent of the Latino vote, they aren’t going to win. Period.

The last time they came even close to that was George W. Bush, who isn’t anywhere near as anti-immigration as the current crop of Republicans. In 2012, Mitt Romney only won 27 percent of the Latino vote.

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