Bill Richardson: "I don't think [Ted Cruz] should be defined as a Hispanic"
The video below has former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson saying that Texas senator Ted Cruz shouldn't be a considered a real Hispanic.
Transcript, bolding added:
RICHARDSON: I'm not a fan [of Cruz]. I know he's sort of the Republican latest flavor. He's articulate. He seems to be charismatic, but I don't like his politics. I think he introduces a measure of incivility in the political process. Insulting people is not the way to go. But I guess he's a force in the Republican political system, but I'm not a fan.
INTERVIEWER: Do you think he represents most Hispanics?
RICHARDSON: No, no. He's anti-immigration, almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I don't think he should be defined as a Hispanic. He's a politician from Texas, a conservative state. I respect Texas' choice but what I don't like is when you try to get things done it's OK to be strong and state your views, your ideology, but I've seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of the civility that I think is really needed in Washington.
First, Richardson is (not unsurprisingly) lying. Ted Cruz isn't "anti-immigration" as Richardson claims; Cruz (as of right now) opposes granting citizenship to most illegal aliens in the U.S., but he's not opposed to legalizing them.
More importantly, Richardson underlines what I've been saying for a while about GOP Hispandering attempts: no matter how much they pander, the Democratic Party will be able to out-pander them. They'll do that through policy, but also by running those who are more echt (or will be portrayed as more echt) than the fronts that the GOP chooses. Cruz is half Cuban, one quarter Irish, and one quarter Italian. Richardson is three quarters Mexican, but only one quarter "Anglo". This time around, the one-drop rule doesn't apply so Richardson wins.
The way out for the GOP is to stop enabling far-left concepts about race and multiculturalism by portraying those like Cruz or Marco Rubio as representative of all or most Hispanics. The way out is for them to undercut those like Richardson, not end up buttressing their Hispanic-centrism.
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UPDATE: Richardson is trying and failing to back away from his remarks (link):
“That was a misunderstanding,” Richardson told Smith. “I said he shouldn’t be defined as a Hispanic. I’m a Hispanic. I don’t define myself as just Hispanic.”
He said his comments were “misinterpreted.”...
“We disagree on immigration but all I was saying was I don’t consider myself just a Hispanic and he shouldn’t be defined as just a Hispanic,” said Richardson. “We’re other things, that’s what I said.”
Watch the video, and see his name's link above: he said what he thought before and now he's trying in vain to back away from it.