Former Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential candidate Senator John McCain, AZ, says he’s “puzzled” with all the controversy surrounding remarks he made suggesting illegal immigrants were responsible for some of the massive wildfire in eastern Arizona.
Wow, really? You’re puzzled? Tell us something we didn’t know. We’ve still puzzled over your choice of Sarah Palin as your running mate.
When McCain later appeared on NBC’s “Today” show he tried to explain that all he was doing was repeating information he’d been given by federal officials earlier that day at a briefing.
McCain said, “We all know that people who come across our border illegally … that these fires are sometimes, some of them, caused by this.” He said “I’m puzzled … that there should be any controversy.”
McCain earlier had said that illegal immigrants “have set fires because they wanted to signal others … and they have set fires because they wanted to divert law enforcement agents.”
And after making these statements he’s confused at the reaction of the public? This is one of two things; first, the Senator’s ignorant of the mood of the country, and more particularly his home state regarding illegal immigrants; or second, this was a typical far right conservative racial stereo-type in an attempt to blame another group for the country’s troubles.
So far “illegal” aliens are responsible for kidnappings, beheadings, prostitution, gun running, an increase of criminal activities, destroying the economy, tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes in the Atlantic and now starting forest fires.
When you start to blame one particular racial minority you’re setting the stage for public reaction – both violent and non-violent – against that group. You begin to pass laws against that particular group, and you begin to not only prosecute them, but to persecute as well. That’s why people were upset about your comments Senator. It appears you’re comments might have been made to further enrage, and possibly even to insight conservatives; and they were wrong.
If you’re truly “puzzled” about them, then perhaps it’s time for you to retire Senator. You’re either out of touch, or you’re deliberately making racially charged statements in order to score cheap political points.