In May, Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee spoke to reporters in Washington D.C. Hotline was there:
Huckabee, who supports guest worker programs and is not an immigration hard-liner, said he believes opposition to comprehensive immigration reform is 'irrational in many cases.' And he did not discount the causative factor of racism.
"If I were to say that some of it is driven by just sheer racism, I think I would be telling you the truth. I've had conversations with people that and it became very evident that what they really didn't like was that people didn't look like them, didn't talk like them, didn't celebrate ht holidays like they do, and they just had a problem with it. Now, that is not to say that everyone who is really fired out about immigration is racist. They're not."
Of course, this could be considered a smear attempt, and the "reporters" at Hotline title their piece "Huckabee: Some Critics Of Comprehensive Reform Are Motivated By Racism".
But, let's think logically about this. "Huck" is only refering to the motivations of some people, not all. According to him, some opponents of "comprehensive" reform aren't doing so because they're racists. Therefore, according to Huckabee, opposition to "comprehensive" reform is not, in and of itself, racist. If Huckabee thinks some people are racist, then he should argue against them personally and he shouldn't try to conflate those who are racist with opposition to "reform".
Now that "Huck" has cleared the air, I eagerly await him arguing for the reasons why we should support a massive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens without relying on smears.