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Rep. Steve King Accuses Rep. Grijalva Of “Advocating For Mexico Rather Than The United States”

Reported by Ellen - April 28, 2010 -

I can just imagine the hissy fits on Fox News if any Democratic Congressman dared to accuse a Republican Congressman of, basically, being a traitor for supporting a boycott of their own state in protest of Arizona’s new immigration law. After all, I have not heard any howls of protest over the various state attorneys general who are suing to prevent their constituents from having the health care coverage the new laws would provide. Quite the opposite. But there was no outcry from O’Reilly Factor host Laura Ingraham last night (4/27/10) when Republican Steve King (R-IA) smeared Democrat Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) with the ethnically-tinged attack that Grijalva “is advocating for Mexico rather than the United States.” With video.

To add to the anti-Hispanic cast, Ingraham repeatedly mispronounced Grijalva’s name, pronouncing the j like a soft g, instead of an h, as nearly anyone even remotely familiar with Hispanic names would have known.

The supposedly “fair and balanced” debate was between two conservatives, King and Alfonso Aguilar, of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles.

King said, “I wonder… if we haven’t already ceded (Grijalva’s district) to Mexico, judging by the voice that comes out of him. He’s advocating for Mexico rather than the United States and against the rule of law.”

Aguilar did not support Grijalva, and so did not protest King's outrageous smear, but Aguilar disapproved of the Arizona law, saying it’s “terrible," that it “discriminates against Latinos” and “hinders law enforcement efforts.” But, predictably, he went on to blame Obama for the problem. There was no objection from Ingraham.

But when Aguilar said he supported a guest worker policy, Ingraham got into a snit and could not stop interrupting him.

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