In a chamber full of sleazy, despicable people, Democrat Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois is in a class all by himself.
Yesterday, TFPP reported on the uproar over President Donald Trump reportedly referring to a number of countries as “shitholes” (because, well, that’s the whole reason why so many immigrants want to live here instead of there, and why Democrats adamantly oppose sending them back).
Well, Durbin was among the lawmakers present at that meeting, so of course one of the first things he did today was grab a camera and start running his mouth, and in the process he added a brand-new phrase to the constantly-expanding lexicon of #Racist words. Here are Durbin’s remarks, courtesy of Real Clear Politics:
When it came to the issue of, quote, “chain migration,” I said to the president, do you realize how painful that term is to so many people? African-Americans believe they migrated to America in chains and when you talk about chain migration, it hurts them personally.
He said, “Oh, that’s a good line.” And then when I talked to him about the impact this has on family unification in a nation that values families with the flag as the most important symbols of our future, they scoffed at this notion. It was a heartbreaking moment.
“Chain migration” is an allusion to slavery now? Really? Saner Americans of course know that the phrase simply denotes the policy of allowing legal permanent residents to sponsor members of their extended family to immigrate to the US. It’s a major factor in why immigration has outpaced assimilation over the past several decades, and eliminating it is a necessity of any responsible new immigration law.
Say, you know what else it is? A phrase Durbin himself has used in the past, as The Federalist’s Sean Davis points out:
If "chain migration" is so obviously racist, why did @SenatorDurbin blast out a press release using the precise phrase and bragging about preserving it? https://t.co/JCVRd3hMPz pic.twitter.com/NMWkaLzmVs
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 12, 2018
Gee, it’s almost as if there’s nothing the slightest bit racist about the phrase after all, the Democrats themselves don’t sincerely think there is, and Durbin arbitrarily decided to pretend it’s racist for no other reason than to conjure a slanderous new talking point out of thin air.
And the really sad thing is, knowing the cultish drones that make up his party’s left-wing base, they’ll readily agree about the bigotry of any word or phrase he decides is racist.
Durbin also vowed that he’ll keep up the fight for amnesty:
But I will tell you this, I’m not going to quit. I have a singular mission. And the mission is this: To give these DREAMers and as many members of their families as possible a chance to be part of America’s future in a legal status.
I am convinced that there’s a majority in both the House and the Senate of Democrats and Republicans who support that concept. I know there’s an overwhelming majority of Americans who support that concept.
So here’s what we’re going to do: We’re going to prepare our bipartisan agreement for introduction into the Senate next week. If the Republican leadership has a better alternative, bring it forward. If they don’t, for goodness sakes, give us a vote. I’ll be on the phone today with my Republican colleagues and my Democratic colleagues begging them to support this measure.
Reasonable people can critique Trump for speaking crudely in setting where he knew word would leak out, generating an unnecessary controversy and distracting from the real issues. But if there is any silver lining to, er, Shitholegate, it’s that it reaffirms that whatever his language, the president is still asking the right questions about our immigration policies.