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Sharron Angle Tells Hispanic Students they Look Asian; Argues Immigration Ad Not About Southern Bord

6:00 pm - 10/18/2010
In a meeting with Hispanic high school students on Friday, Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle downplayed her campaign's use of generic pictures of Latinos to present a negative image of illegal immigrants.

Angle has run a series of ads slamming her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for being soft on illegal immigration. Questioned about the ads, which feature somber-looking, dark-skinned men and phrases like "illegal aliens," Angle told a Hispanic group from Rancho High School that the ads do not necessarily portray Latinos. Furthermore, she told the students confronting her that they themselves do not necessarily look Latino.

In the meeting, first reported on by the Associated Press, a student asked Angle, "Why is it that in all of your commercials you have the image of Latinos? What do you see when you hear, and I quote, 'illegal aliens?'"

Angle responds: "I think that you're misinterpreting those commercials. I'm not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That's the most porous border that we have. We cannot allow terrorists; we cannot allow anyone to come across our border if we don't know why they're coming. So we have to secure all of our borders and that's what that was about, is border security. Not just our southern border, but our coastal border and our northern border."

A video of the exchange is available from the Las Vegas Sun. In the video, students can be heard snickering at Angle's response.

The Sun released additional video footage today, which shows Angle further addressing the issue of ethnicity.

"So that's what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don't know that all of you are Latino," Angle told the Hispanic group. "Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don't know that. What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I'm evidence of that. I've been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly."

Rancho High School teacher Isaac Barron told the AP his students organized the meeting with Angle because they felt her ads stereotype young Hispanics. He said her response was met with incredulity.

In the heated Nevada Senate race, illegal immigration has become a hot topic, and Angle's ads have suggested Reid has helped illegal immigrants at the expense of Nevada residents. One such ad used a picture copyrighted by Getty Images, with three men described by Getty as Mexicans posing in Mexico, the Washington Post reported. In Angle's ad, the words "illegal aliens" appeared over the image.

Hispanics account for roughly 25 percent of Nevada's population, and as Angle has taken a hard line on immigration issues, Reid has sought to strengthen his support within the community. He recently put the Dream Act, an immigration reform measure aimed at helping young students and military enrollees, up for a vote in the Senate as part of another bill, but the measure failed. The Senator created some controversy over the summer when he said, "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican."

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shirozora *headdesk* x10000000000000019th-Oct-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
what the fuck is this
threaded_ghost 19th-Oct-2010 12:04 am (UTC)
Some of you look a little more Asian to me.

The fuck is this shit.
inquisitorial 19th-Oct-2010 12:06 am (UTC)
.......................... if my head hit my desk hard enough, I'll give myself a concussion because of this.

really, not enough words to express my wtf-ery at that statement
jslayeruk 19th-Oct-2010 12:07 am (UTC)
"The Senator created some controversy over the summer when he said, "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.""

Why is that controversial? I don't know how anyone of any minority group could be a Republican. This is what happens when you go on holiday over the summer, the news is full of crap.
bowtomecha 19th-Oct-2010 12:37 am (UTC)
its rather interesting because if it werent for the anti immigration and anti union platform, many hispanics would be considered more than socially conservative enough to be republicans. even many black voters, if they didnt perceive republicans as a racist elite, could fall into place with the conservative attitudes. you can throw in many asian americans as well. which makes it potentially devastating if the repubs actually cleaned their act up and embraced these populations. theres a huge untapped conservative base out there. thankfully we have the tea party to make everybody go xeno. theyre the perfect buffer to a united conservative voice in my opinion. now thats entertainment.
littlelamb 19th-Oct-2010 12:16 am (UTC)
I actually said "oh my god" outloud reading this. Talk about being racially insensitive.
bowtomecha 19th-Oct-2010 12:19 am (UTC)
im surprised she didnt use the word "chinky" when she said that.
kyra_neko_rei 19th-Oct-2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Bonus points if she later insists she said "Jinkies" like Velma on Scooby-Doo. Double bonus points if she coats it with a shitload of defensive vitriol about liberals "looking for an excuse to get offended."
jaded110 19th-Oct-2010 12:23 am (UTC)
This woman is a fucking idiot.
fynoda 19th-Oct-2010 12:28 am (UTC)
I bet her brain would have exploded if you told her that there are CANADIANS living here illegally.
antiotter 19th-Oct-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
She's already created an international incident by blaming Canada for letting the 9/11 hijackers into America, even though all of them legally entered the USA (directly) on perfectly valid visas.

sarien 19th-Oct-2010 12:31 am (UTC)
I hated highschool, but I would relive it, just to be here to tell her off in the classroom. Though I would have to wear a sombrero and a poncho or she'd think I was Asian.
girlthatyoufear 19th-Oct-2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Newsflash Angle: Asians/people of Asian descent can be Latin@ too. Shocking I know, but thanks for telling those kids what your white ass thinks they should identify as like it's not problematic or something.

And don't make up this "you don't understand the commercial" bullshit. The term "illegal aliens" and the use of border imagery has come to be associated with undocumented Latin@ (especially Mexican) immigrants. No one fears Canadians coming to ~steal our jerbs~. Oh and you don't get to backpedal from your xenophobia by using more xenophobia. Just GTFO already.
keeni84 19th-Oct-2010 12:34 am (UTC)
I'm just happy to see high school students getting involved.
roseofjuly 19th-Oct-2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Especially since if you believe the teacher they organized this themselves because Angle was pissing them off.
stevie_jane 19th-Oct-2010 12:37 am (UTC)

Asian? The indigenous peoples that arrived first were Eurasian but that was something like 12,000 years ago, lady. That's quite a while back! Not to meantion a reach.
romp 19th-Oct-2010 07:36 am (UTC)
I know of a few people who look Asian and whose parents are from Mexico. One kid's parents were from Oaxaca and looked like the indigenous people there. Thinking back, it was largely because he had an epicanthal fold. Not that only Asians have epicanthal folds...

So stupid and insensitive to say but my first thought was that, yeah, that happens and it's kind of neat. And then she quickly reveals her point: she has no IDEA who in the room is Latino! Just like the cops who'll ask to see your papers.

I don't think even she can buy that.
bowtomecha 19th-Oct-2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Question... Why does Angle say she's the first asian representative for Nevada? I haven't found any biography stating that she even is asian.
militsa 19th-Oct-2010 01:20 am (UTC)
I just googled that and it seems that one time this one reporter thought she 'looked Asian', far as I can tell. *sporfle*
lightbird777 19th-Oct-2010 12:55 am (UTC)
octocoffee 19th-Oct-2010 01:06 am (UTC)
my brain hurts from all this wtfery. someone make it stop.
hey_its_michael 19th-Oct-2010 01:14 am (UTC)
She isn't even trying to hide it anymore...
juliet316 19th-Oct-2010 01:19 am (UTC)
She probably figures it doesn't matter if she loses the minority vote, and that whatever she loses in those groups, she'll make up in anti - Reid votes. Sadly it's looking more and more that she may be right if current polls are any gage.
othellia 19th-Oct-2010 01:15 am (UTC)
People, people! We're all missing the million dollar question.

If Angle says that people have called her the first Asian legislator and Latino people look Asian, then does that mean that Angle is/looks Latino, and if so, does that mean we can deport her if she ever visits Arizona?
romp 19th-Oct-2010 07:38 am (UTC)
Seriously, I think her thought process might be a little like you say. And *she* isn't afraid of being asked to show her papers so no one else should be either!
juliet316 19th-Oct-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
She just keeps getting crazier and crazier. What? Was O'Donnell's crazy making Angle feel neglected?
fishphile 19th-Oct-2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I don't care, if you vote for Sharron Angle I'm judging you.
kitschaster 19th-Oct-2010 02:32 am (UTC)
~seriously laughed out loud~

I concur.
militsa 19th-Oct-2010 01:26 am (UTC)
How is it possible for someone running for US Senator to be this clueless? If I'm reading her right, she's not even faking populist-pandering-idiocy, she's the real thing.
akuma_river 19th-Oct-2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Dear god...

Nevada...she better lose.
homasse 19th-Oct-2010 01:42 am (UTC)
Oh, how I wish I could access photobucket at work, because if anything deserves the gif of the girl giving Michael Steele a look, it's this.
pragmatic_chimp 19th-Oct-2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Oh god. Please, please, please post that gif when you get home!
laurie_springs 19th-Oct-2010 01:48 am (UTC)
She literally is a living Miss Swan isn't she?
thecityofdis 19th-Oct-2010 02:25 am (UTC)
This cray-cray bitch makes Sarah Palin look like fucking Socrates. That's... difficult.
deathchibi 19th-Oct-2010 03:14 am (UTC)
It's like an arms race, but with crazy and stupid. :(

That, or some sort of racism powered drill. It finds the bottom, keeps digging and shoots out into space.
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