Tea Party Candidate Sharron Angle Can’t Tell Latinos And Asians Apart

October 18th, 2010 | 7 comments | Posted by Jen

I am Chi-i-nese if I ple-ease

When questioned last week by members of the Hispanic Students’ Union at Rancho High School in Las Vegas about why her anti-illegal immigration campaign ads seemed to single out Latinos, Nevada Senate hopeful and Tea Party-approved candidate Sharron Angle told the all-Latino crowd that she couldn’t tell the difference between Latinos and Asians.

“I think that you’re misinterpreting those commercials,” Angle said. “I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence…

…I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that.”

When her comments were met with skepticism (listen here), Angle forged ahead, waxing inclusive about America as a “melting pot”:

“What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly.”

Which sounded a lot like she was claiming to be Asian. Or Latino. Or…well, hell, who can tell the difference?

But after Angle found herself the butt of jokes Monday morning, her spokesperson Jarrod Agen accused Angle’s opponent Harry Reid of playing “racial politics” and attempted to clarify Angle’s earlier statement:

“Sharron is making the point that this country is a melting pot and you cannot judge people based on stereotypes or the way they look. When she was in the legislature, a reporter mistakenly referred to Sharron as being of Asian descent.”

Because judging someone by the way they look, especially when it comes to something like illegal immigration, that’s racial profiling, right?

But sometimes–and you won’t hear us say this often–stereotypes do come in handy. Like, if that reporter who mistook Angle for Asian had, in fact, judged her based on stereotype, s/he would have known that Angle–who doesn’t believe in global warming, doesn’t believe the Constitution mandates the separation of church and state, and who recently claimed that Sharia law had taken over parts of the U.S.–is really just too much of a dumbfuck to be one of us.

[AP: Angle tells Hispanic students they look Asian]
[Las Vegas Sun: Angle to Hispanic children: “Some of you look a little more Asian to me” (AUDIO)]

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  2. Cindy says:

    I came back to this post just so I could reread the last sentence. Foot stomping food spewing funny!

  3. isaacakira says:

    I’m from Brazil, therefore I’m Latino and Asian…

    Anyway. What she’s saying is basically, as long you’re not caucasian, you all look the same.

  4. dalianmoon says:

    “Dumbfuckery” is so the appropriate word here!

  5. Hello Kitty says:

    If she looks outside her window does she see Mexico or China?

    Agen’s response is like a schoolyard whine, “Harry started it. He’s being a meanie.”

    Race is a construct. Most Americans are of mixed heritage. Stop with the labeling according to stereotypical criteria. I’ll bet there were mixed kids in that audience.

    Still waiting to find out who labeled her as the first Asian legislator. I think she meant to say agin’, ragin’ or ancient.

  6. BusyDad says:

    Angle has consumed one too many Korean Short rib tacos at the Kogi BBQ truck.

  7. Zinna says:

    Yeah. You would have to be one or the other, right? You couldn’t possibly be both.

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