Shades of Obama’s “bitter clinger” remark: From the Daily Caller:
Wendy Davis, the Texas Democratic candidate for governor, says Republicans dislike “people who don’t look like them or come from where they come from.”
Like Obama, Davis’s remark was made “off-mic,” except that — as with Obama — it wasn’t. In Davis’s case, an audience member at her Human Rights Campaign PAC fundraiser in Austin captured the comments on a cell phone. They surfaced on YouTube over the weekend.
In the video capture, which appears below, Davis can be heard opining:
You need look no further than what happened in Arizona with their anti-immigration bill and the withdrawal of tourism and the impact to their economy as a consequence of what ideological thinkers did to that state.
And the same is true with the conversations that are going on in the … Republican convention right now. They’re talking about whether they should soften their language on immigration, but we all know where they are because they’ve been talking about it on the airwaves for the last couple of months.
And we know what they really believe and think about people who don’t look like them or come from where they come from. [Emphasis added]
Apart from its overt racial stereotyping, the highlighted portion of her remarks — even in context — is demonstrably false. Judging by raw data gathered by Gallup, there are some 2.75 million registered Republicans who are Hispanic and 1.1 million who are black. Granted, those numbers represent fairly small percentages of the overall number of registered Republicans, but for Davis’s claim to be true, the non-white voting GOP blocs would have to be self-hating. Maybe she will provide evidence of that assumption in another speech.