Yet again Harry Reid made an idiotic statement about Latinos… he continues to think that ALL Hispanics are alike.
In a recent interview Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was discussing fellow Senator Marco Rubio, a Hispanic Republican from Florida. Sen. Reid said Sen. Rubio didn’t “understand” who he was… eluding that Sen. Rubio was out of touch with his “Hispanic-ness” because he is Hispanic and Republican.
Hot Air has a great write-up by John Sexton:
Harry Reid: “Marco Rubio has to understand who he is…”
About two weeks ago, Harry Reid was interviewed for a Hispanic-oriented political show called Mariowire. The interviewer asks Reid for his opinion of Marco Rubio whom, he notes, talks like a member of the GOP despite the fact that he is “Latino.” Listen to Reid’s response:
Harry Reid seems to have trouble wrapping his head around the concept that someone can be authentically Hispanic and Republican. As you can see in the clip above, Sen. Rubio believes his views are perfectly consistent with his genuine experience growing up in America.
Sen. Reid ridiculous statements are insulting to all Latinos. Sen. Reid apparently thinks that all 50 million Latinos in the U.S. are the same and must think the same.
Hispanic are considered swing voters because of their diversity in population and ideology. Recent surveys indicated that about 1/3 of Hispanics consider themselves “conservative,” 1/3 identify as “moderate,” and the rest self-identified as “liberal.” Clearly there is room in the Latino community for difference of thought and a variety of representatives.
This is not the first time Sen. Harry Reid has insulted the intelligence of Latinos. Here he is back in October 2010 when the Majority Leader said “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.”
and here is then candidate Marco Rubio correcting him back in 2010:
As a point of information, Sen. Marco Rubio won with 50% of the vote in a three-way race, where one of the candidates was the sitting Florida Governor. The Democrat candidate, Rep. Meek, garnered only 19.6 percent of the vote. Sen. Rubio won a majority of the Latino vote in Florida, where Hispanic Democrats voters outnumber Hispanic Republicans by over 105,000.