You just can’t make this stuff up.
Last week House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) released what has been described by many as “a fearmongering video” that places the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) firmly within a photo montage of what The Hill describes as “President Hugo Chavez, a group of apparent jihadists burning an American flag, an explosion, a hooded man with a rocket launcher, and an image of the Pentagon from Sept. 11.”
For the record, the pictured meeting between Obama and the CHC had nada to do with Hugo Chavez, jihadists, burning American flags, explosions, hooded men with rocket launchers, or the Petagon on September 11th, but it did center on moving a real immigration reform forward.
These kinds of mistakes happen, though, right?
If so, the CHC wasn’t buying it. The Hill reports:
“On behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), we write to demand an apology for the inclusion of the picture of the CHC meeting with President Obama in the video on your official website entitled “Do You Feel Safer?,’” the CHC wrote in a letter being sent to Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), whose office created the video.
Believe it or not, no apology was offered. In fact, the CHC’s demand for an apology was described as “beyond silly” by RNC Chair Michael Steele.
Yes, this is the same Steele who has often called on the Republican party to be more inclusive and tolerant when it comes to the Hispanic population. He has stated:
How we messaged that is where we messed up the last time. We were pegged as being insensitive, anti-immigrant, and nothing could be further from the truth, because you talk to those leaders in the Hispanic community, they will tell you the same thing.
Via Think Progress:
Yesterday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) took to the House floor for an hour-long speech consisting of tired denunciations of Obama shaking hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [...] During his tirade, King decided to direct part of his vitriol at the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, calling both organizations “separatist groups.” Watch it:
Really, gentlemen, what better way to bring a new generation of civic-minded Latinos into the Grand Old Party than to unapologetically brand Hispanic politicians as terrorists and separatists?