Tancredo Implodes, Equates La Raza With KKK

Tom Tancredo has officially lost his marbles. (Video here.)Today, in discussing the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, he said:

TANCREDO: If you belong to an organization called La Raza, in this case, which is, from my point of view anyway, nothing more than a Latino — it’s a counterpart — a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses. If you belong to something like that in a way that’s going to convince me and a lot of other people that it’s got nothing to do with race. Even though the logo of La Raza is “All for the race. Nothing for the rest.” What does that tell you?

SANCHEZ: Alright. We’re not talking about — we’re not talking about La Raza –

TANCREDO: She’s a member! She’s a member of La Raza!


La Raza is a civil rights organization. As TPM says:

For those who aren’t familiar with it, La Raza is basically a Latino equivalent of B’nai Brith or the NAACP. Garden variety and uncontroversial unless you thinks it’s a public safety issue if more than a handful of Mexicans or Puerto Ricans get together in one place at the same time.

La Raza responds to Tancredo's remarks. Among its comments:

“If you look at Mr. Tancredos’ record, he’s often spoken about things he doesn’t know anything about.”

Last week, Tancredo called President Obama "a cult leader."

He is — you have to admit — he is a cult leader. And the cult will go with him wherever he wants to go. You just don't know about the size of the cult; how big it is — if it's shrinking or growing.

And if you think Republicans will embrace him, think again. He also called for the legalization of drugs last week.

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    Surely (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Steve M on Thu May 28, 2009 at 09:21:43 PM EST
    we will see a comment from you-know-who any minute now...

    Voldemort has an account now? (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by ruffian on Thu May 28, 2009 at 09:24:35 PM EST
    This poor woman (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Dr Molly on Thu May 28, 2009 at 09:35:00 PM EST
    must be thunderstruck by the torrent of hatefulness that's been unleased due to her nomination. It's mind-boggling.

    Somehow.....finding out she stood up (none / 0) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Fri May 29, 2009 at 10:13:28 AM EST
    to dusty ole buzzards guarding the halls of LAW AND ORDER in her last year of law school.....I'm thinking she isn't exactly thunderstruck :)  She's probably made of sterner stuff than we imagine.  She's a woman and she isn't even white and she's a mature woman.  She was around during the birth of feminism and the backlash and she's Latino.  She's tougher than I am in the face of reality.

    Bad jokes aside... (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by DancingOpossum on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:17:35 AM EST
    More like Tancrazo!  Am I right??!!!

    You are, and that made me ROFL.

    a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.

    But with loud music and low riders.

    That a boy... (2.00 / 2) (#2)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu May 28, 2009 at 08:50:00 PM EST
    ...Tommy, keep pushing the GOP closer to the abyss.  While you're at it, could you throw in an endorsement for Penry too?  That'd be greeeat.

    Teh Tank has only one purpose--to sow the seeds of hate, distrust and fear.  He's so darn good at it too.  Just look at how much air-time he gets.  It is a wonder that Fox hasn't hired him yet.

    I moved out of his district (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Thu May 28, 2009 at 08:51:47 PM EST
    when I left Colorado. By far the best thing about leaving. Well, 2nd best.

    Well, officially... (none / 0) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu May 28, 2009 at 08:59:51 PM EST
    ...it's not his CD anymore.  But you're spot on with the ship out to sea analogy.  

    Colorado's 6th Congressional District is a wingnut's paradise.  Tancredo was (and is) very representative of the voters there.  

    You talkin to me... (none / 0) (#8)
    by magster on Thu May 28, 2009 at 09:38:49 PM EST
    I live in Parker.  

    We're getting better, Kerry got 32 % in 2004 in Douglas County, and Obama got 41 %.


    Clearly... (none / 0) (#22)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri May 29, 2009 at 10:33:06 AM EST
    ...you are a beautiful columbine blooming in the middle of a field of noxious weeds!  

    However, having lived in CD6 myself once upon a time and working day-in and day-out with plenty dead-enders who still do, the over-all point stands.  It may be getting better (i.e., Coffman is a little better than Tank), but there's still a long ways to go.


    National Council of La Raza spokesperson (none / 0) (#9)
    by MyLeftMind on Fri May 29, 2009 at 01:44:02 AM EST
    Lisa Navarrete told The Colorado Independent, "We've been urging the Republican Party to try to outreach to the Latino community, and they did a good job of it until they let people like Tom Tancredo take over the debate on immigration."

    That's very unfortunate.  Tanc is unfortunate too, but it's a shame that an organization like La Raza would encourage any relationship between the GOP and the oppressed minority they are trying to help.  

    I think it's called (none / 0) (#12)
    by jbindc on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:10:09 AM EST
    "Taking the high road"

    or, if you prefer,

    "Staying above the fray"


    not lying down with dogs because all you'll get is fleas.


    Tancredo??? (none / 0) (#10)
    by WS on Fri May 29, 2009 at 07:10:00 AM EST
    More like Tancrazo!  Am I right??!!!  Ok, bad jokes aside, that man is seriously wrong in the head.  

    Gotta love their (none / 0) (#11)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:06:15 AM EST
    motto, though.

    Which motto would that be? (3.00 / 3) (#13)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri May 29, 2009 at 08:57:27 AM EST
    The real one or the one that lives only in the fevered imagination of racists?  

    Tancredo echoed a popular right-wing myth, claiming the group's slogan is "All for the race, nothing for the rest." When ThinkProgress asked a La Raza spokeswoman, she replied, "No. That's very much incorrect." In fact, the true slogan is "Strengthening America by promoting the advancement of Latino families." A far cry from Tancredo's egregiously false, race-based characterization.

    What is your (none / 0) (#14)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:07:15 AM EST
    definition of racism?  Of course me asking that very question opens many doors...

    okay the motto sh!t (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by sj on Fri May 29, 2009 at 10:08:49 AM EST
    didn't stick to the wall so you're reaching out for some other bit if feces to use as ammunition.  Just remember that you may be throwing it at somebody, but you have all over your hands.

    Try answering my question... (2.00 / 1) (#16)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:29:11 AM EST
    ...before you try to change the subject.  

    They are both fine (none / 0) (#18)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:41:53 AM EST
    the Old one was better though.

    Does saying (none / 0) (#17)
    by lilburro on Fri May 29, 2009 at 09:31:56 AM EST
    "girl power" make me a man hater?

    No (none / 0) (#23)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri May 29, 2009 at 10:45:36 AM EST
    talking about racism, though.  Does someone against illegal immigration only make them against all legal immigration?

    Obviously not. (none / 0) (#24)
    by lilburro on Fri May 29, 2009 at 11:17:03 AM EST
    But I have no idea what you are talking about anymore and why you are asking us to define racism in the context of a motto that promotes the advancement of Latino families.  Hence my question of whether "girl power" is misandry.

    I didn't (none / 0) (#25)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri May 29, 2009 at 11:25:51 AM EST
    ask you.  Hopefully you don't live in an area with a partyline for your phone service.

    Oh sorry (none / 0) (#26)
    by lilburro on Fri May 29, 2009 at 11:29:48 AM EST
    didn't realize this was a public message board.

    You did say we. (none / 0) (#27)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri May 29, 2009 at 11:51:00 AM EST
    Maybe you are the spokesperson.

    J, didn't you develop a tiny little soft (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Fri May 29, 2009 at 10:07:10 AM EST
    spot awhile back for crazy Tom while you two were being "made up" for television together backstage?  I didn't get it.  I know you to be very kind and a true humantarian, but soft about crazy Tom?  Now I get it.  You knew he was considering this public stance on drugs......you knew!

    He still had a few marbles then (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 29, 2009 at 07:08:32 PM EST
    And I think we talked mostly about non-political things like riding motorcycles and our kids. He had been having some health issues and had just sold his.

    I have no soft spot for these comments. And, I see today, he's digging himself in deeper.


    He was just asked on Hardball if he wanted (none / 0) (#28)
    by nycstray on Fri May 29, 2009 at 06:21:14 PM EST
    to apologize and said "No!". I guess they're just giving him some more rope?

    He sure did and could you (none / 0) (#30)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 29, 2009 at 07:17:34 PM EST
    tell how angry he was? Maybe because I know the studio and the kind of chair, it seemed to me at one point he put his hands on the arms of the chair as if he was about to get out of it. He was really angry he kept getting interrupted. I'm sure the cameraman, who is a very nice guy, got an earful when the segment was over (as if it was his fault.) And, I'd bet the control room staff at MSNBC were laughing and yelling in the cameraman's headset. He'll probably need a stiff drink after this segment.

    Actually, I saw him on Schuster, not Hardball (none / 0) (#31)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 29, 2009 at 07:18:52 PM EST
    was he on both? Or did Shuster do Hardball?

    Schuster did Hardball (none / 0) (#32)
    by nycstray on Fri May 29, 2009 at 07:32:07 PM EST
    I was confused also. I was flipping around because the Yanks are on RD.

    I missed some of what he was saying because it's really hard to wrap my head around this type of rant on TV! I thought Molinari (sp?) held up pretty well and managed to keep focused on the proper message. Oy. I hope his blood pressure is ok.

    KO is going to highlight Liddy's lovely words as he does his worse thing. . . .

    It really needs to stop raining in Cleveland so I can get my game!!!  :)