What everyone is missing about the Salon writer’s pro-illegal ‘who will clean your toilets’ tweet

What everyone is missing about the Salon writer’s pro-illegal ‘who will clean your toilets’ tweet
Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Williams (Image: YouTube screen grab)

It is now history anyway, deleted (in typical cowardly fashion) by its author after she received a much-deserved spanking from the conservatives she was trying to shame for daring to oppose illegal immigration.

In case you haven’t sen seen it, the tweet, posted Friday and deleted yesterday, remains in the internet’s infinite memory as a graphic image and has been reproduced below for your convenience.

It’s not instantly clear who the inclusive contraction “we’re” refers to in the tweet, unless Williams — who writes for the liberal rag Salon under the byline Mary Elizabeth Williams — is implying that she is an immigrant. Judging from her pictures, which reveal her to be blue-eyed and fair-skinned, she doesn’t appear to be — at least not of the group whose “rights” she is championing. (Maybe she self-identifies as Hispanic.)

In any case, the responses to her tweet were priceless. Here are a few of the better ones, compiled by Twitchy:


This is one of the most priceless, though it also touches on the problem I alluded to in the title of this post:

It does sound racist — which was the entire point of Williams’s straw man argument. She doesn’t believe that the only jobs immigrants are capable of holding down are toilet scrubber, nanny, and limo driver. But she thinks Republicans do, and therein lies the aspect of the tweet that many commentators have overlooked. Williams is trying, glibly, to bully those Americans who oppose full and unconditional amnesty (or something along those lines) for the 12 million illegals currently here.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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