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Hannity & Colmes Conceals Minuteman Chris Simcox’ Controversial Background

Reported by Ellen - May 10, 2007 -

Hannity & Colmes hosted Chris Simcox, of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (not to be confused with Jim Gilchrist’s Minuteman Project), last night (5/9/07) to discuss the use of deadly force on the border. While opposing guest Geraldo Rivera did an excellent job debating Simcox and Sean Hannity on the issues, nobody on the “real journalism, fair and balanced” network told the viewers about Simcox’ problematic history, including allegations of child molestation and improper financial practices.

The border issue was the top story last night during a show which somehow ignored a visit to the White House by an 11-member delegation of Republican Congressmen, including Minority Leader John Boehner. According to NBC’s Tim Russert, “The meeting lasted an hour and 15 minutes and was, in the words of one, ‘remarkable for the bluntness and no-holds-barred honesty in the message delivered by all these Republican congressmen.’”

During Part 2 of the discussion, Rivera, who did an excellent job at debating Simcox on the issues, confronted him over the effect his group may have had in the large spike in the number of hate groups “being fueled by anti-immigration rhetoric by groups like your own.” Rivera cited as his source The Southern Poverty Law Center.

Simcox responded by saying, “That’s precious, to quote a hate groups (sic) talking about hate groups.”

Rivera continued, “Do you accept responsibility for the fact that what you are saying, that these words have an impact and they are causing some effect, that they are driving some fringe people – not yourself, of course – driving some fringe people to violence?”

Simcox’ lame answer was that hate groups dislike his group because it is “all-inclusive.” He made the dubious assertion, “You can not find one incident of any violence against anyone based on their immigration status in their country.”

Hannity broke in to say, “Hey, Chris, let me defend you here.” He insisted to Rivera that the group has been “demonized” but, Hannity insisted, “They’re not vigilantes… I went down there a number of times, I’ve met them, I’ve been on patrol with them, I watched what they’re doing here… What they have done, I think, is a good service.”

Maybe so, but why didn’t anyone mention Simcox’ troubled history? As the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports, court records indicate that Simcox’ second ex-wife repeatedly swore in affidavits that Simcox is prone to sudden, violent rages.

To quote from the SPLC report:

"He once took a knife from the kitchen and threatened to kill himself," she testified. "When he was angry, he broke furniture, car windows, he banged his head against the wall repeatedly and punched things."

(Simcox' second ex-wife) said that when their son was 4 years old, Simcox slapped him so hard that a mark remained on his face for two days. Another time, she testified, she grabbed her young son in her arms and jumped out a window because Simcox was throwing furniture at them.

SPLC further notes that Simcox’ first ex-wife accused him of trying to molest their 14 year-old daughter while he was intoxicated. Two of Simcox’ former colleagues corroborated her account.

And just in case the SPLC doesn’t have enough conservative street cred, consider this July, 2006 article from The Washington Times called “Minutemen Not Watching Over Funds.” To quote,

The Minuteman organization has not made any financial statements or fundraising records public since its April 2005 creation. It also has sought and received extensions of its federal reporting requirements and has not given the Minuteman leadership, its volunteers or donors any official accounting. A financial statement promised to The Times by Mr. Simcox for May was never delivered… Earlier this year, Vern Kilburn resigned as director of operations for the Minuteman's northern Texas sector because of what he called "professional differences with the management and business practices" of the MCDC national headquarters.

In a letter of resignation, he said Mr. Simcox and other Minuteman leaders offered "no acceptable answers" to concerns that he had about the management, accountability, ownership and the distribution of money for the Texas operation, adding that they were unable to verify Texas' share of the Minuteman donations.

In Part 1, FOX News proved how out of touch it is with those who actually live on the border when Alan Colmes brought up the proposed border fence which was approved by Congress but not funded.

Simcox claimed, “This time, what comes first is what the American people want and what is in the best interests of national security and public safety.” That statement was allowed to go unchallenged despite the fact that Simcox has NO credentials in either national security or public safety and despite the fact that border residents have raised serious objections to a fence. But FOX News, which always complains about others being elitist, seemed to have neither a clue nor a concern for what those in the heartland really think. For example, an editorial in the San Antonio Express-News calls the fence “an effective barrier against common sense.” AP reported yesterday, “Mayors, business people and others in the Texas Border Coalition say a fence, in addition to hurting business, could harm farm irrigation, ranching operations, river flow and wildlife.” In an October, 1, 2006 article in the LA Times, Miguel Bustillo reported:

Few Americans are more fed up with the unending human caravan of illegal immigration - or more familiar with its macabre toll - than rancher Mike Vickers. Multitudes of bedraggled migrants cut through his South Texas homestead every day to skirt U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints on their journey north, and many do not make it out alive. Vickers has found frightened children sitting in fields alone, abandoned. His dogs once brought home a human head. He very badly wants to stop the trail of death and despair that passes by his doorstep. But when he considers the wisdom of building twin steel walls along the Rio Grande to seal off the Mexican border - the plan Congress approved early Saturday before heading home for the November election - his verdict is swift and harsh: stupid idea.

"That's just a big waste of money," said Vickers, a Texas Republican
activist who heads a group opposed to illegal immigration that until
recently was the state branch of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.
…From Laredo to Brownsville, a meandering 200-mile stretch of the Rio Grande
that would be walled off if President Bush signs, as expected, the bill to
fence 700 miles of the border, reaction was overwhelmingly negative.”

All of Part 1 of the discussion is available on FOXNews.com. In all likelihood, Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.