Sen. Lindsey Graham Shows Why Republicans are Stuck Between a Rock and a Racist Place (Video)

lindsey-graham-5It’s no secret that Republicans really don’t do well with appealing to minorities. For much of this nation’s history, that was never really a problem. But with the Latino population growing and the continued push to get more African-Americans to vote, it’s becoming readily apparent to some Republicans that they can no longer simply rely on the white vote to get by in presidential elections.


The problem is, how can Republicans appeal to minorities when a large chunk of their base is driven by racism?

Many Republicans are so terrified to even try to tackle immigration that they basically just ignore it altogether. Almost two years ago the Senate passed a bipartisan bill aimed at reforming our immigration policies, but House Speaker John Boehner flat-out refused to let the House vote on it out of fear that it might actually pass.

He was also afraid that if he allowed the bill to come up for it a vote it would put on public display just how many House Republicans (and where they’re from) voted against a common sense approach to immigration reform supported by the vast majority of Americans.

Naturally, Republicans often like to use the word “amnesty” to get conservatives really worked up; meanwhile, the immigration policies President Obama supports are basically just a path to citizenship, not amnesty. I think too often they’re confusing this president with conservative icon Ronald Reagan who did pass an amnesty bill in 1986.

Well,  probable 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently came out and said that the GOP has done a poor job at appealing to “non-whites,” and that if he were president he wouldn’t sign any immigration bill that didn’t offer a pathway to citizenship.

Clearly it seems Graham realizes that the “crazy Bible” section of the party is locked down with candidates like Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee, so he’s attempting to appeal to Latino voters to win his party’s nomination.

It’s not going to work, but I guess it’s worth a shot.

To be fair, Graham has been one of the few Republicans who’s advocated for more common sense policies when it comes to immigration – which is a bit surprising considering how ridiculous he’s proven he can be on some issues.

But what Graham’s comments do is highlight the fact that Republicans are caught between a rock and a racist place. They realize they’re eventually going to have to bring in more of the minority vote (especially when it comes to Latinos) very soon, otherwise they’re never going to win the White House again. But at the same time, by embracing common sense approaches to immigration reform (which is a big issue for many Latino voters), they risk alienating a huge part of the Republican base that’s largely built upon racism and strong anti-immigrant beliefs.


Though to be honest, Republicans aren’t really doing much of anything about immigration – nor will they. Sure, they like to talk a lot about “securing the border,” but they’re not really pushing through any sort of immigration bill because the last thing the GOP wants to do is officially go on public record voting for something that will expose just how bigoted and anti-immigrant their party really is – especially heading into the 2016 elections.

But when it’s all said and done, each of these Republican candidates has a choice to make:

  • Embrace common sense immigration reform while hoping to appeal to Latino voters, probably alienating much of their “base” that’s built on a strong anti-immigrant sentiment. -or- 
  • Continue to embrace that anti-immigrant bigotry and continue to alienate the vast majority of Latino voters.

History shows us that when it comes to the Republican party, when the chips are down, they almost always choose bigotry over equality.

Watch Graham’s comments below via USA Today:




Allen Clifton

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  • Jim Bean

    Republicans don’t think the Obama’s plan will effectively prevent the problem from recurring. In fact, they don’t even think the Dems WANT the problem to stop recurring.

    • Danonwis23

      Where’s the Republican plan?

      • Jim Bean

        The Republican plan is to use and enforce the laws put in place to deal with this.

      • Danonwis23

        How’d that go under the Bush Admin (Obama admin has far more deportations)?

      • strayaway

        Bush supported the cheap labor interests of the 1% too.

      • FD Brian

        if they do that, they run the risk of losing campaign contribution when the cheap labor dries up.

      • Jim Bean

        Yeah, big money would probably throw their contributions over to Dems in hope that it would get them higher taxes and more regulations? Have you seen that ‘real unemployment rate’ lately?

      • Paul Knopf

        we do not need more regulations I enjoy living in a ceespool

      • Jim Bean

        If you lose your enthusiasm for it, I understand you can emigrate to more upscale places like Mexico – provided you comply with all their immigration laws.

      • FD Brian

        no I doubt that, they would probably support another republican whom is willing to turn a blind eye to the situation. But feel free to be a complete misinformed idiot when you reply to me.

      • Jim Bean

        Anyone who disagrees with you will sound that way to you, I have no doubt.

      • FD Brian

        it’s fine to disagree with me, but you were wrong. So I called you out. It’s as simple as that. You don’t even have to look that far back in history to find examples.

    • Ava

      Immigrants are not a “recurring problem,” they’re PEOPLE. They don’t need to be prevented.

      • strayaway

        There is no immigration problem except that Congress and the President do not observe immigration laws. A large percentage of Republicans side with Lindsey Graham, the 1%, and the US Chamber of Commerce in their support of more cheap domestic foreign labor. Bank robbers are PEOPLE too. perhaps we should find a path for them to become bank tellers instead of just undocumented borrowers.

      • Ava

        In this comparison the only thing you have effectively shown is that you equate immigrants with criminals and thieves.

      • strayaway

        Technically, most are not criminals and thieves but if they are by definition, “illegal” aliens, they are at least guilty of a misdemeanor. Using false IDs to get jobs or social benefits is probably also either a misdemeanor or felony but not all are guilty of that. What other misdemeanors should we, in your opinion, not punish? How do you arrive at such decisions? Are you siding with illegal aliens instead of US workers? If so, why that preference? Are bank robbers PEOPLE too? If bank robbers are also PEOPLE, please explain why they should be treated worse than illegal aliens. After all, they often are trying to provide a better life for their families too.

      • Ava

        1) How about instead of treating people like shit for trying to provide for their families and themselves, we instead make it easier for immigrants to gain citizenship and speed the process so that they may do just that. The reason so many immigrants have to cross the border illegally is because with our over-security and long process to the road to immigration we leave them with no choice. 2) Illegal immigrants working in the United States are not stealing jobs from you. You are not entitled, because of where you were born, to any position you chose. If an immigrant gets hired over you, its because they are better at it. 3) What the FUCK do you mean “are bank robbers PEOPLE too?” fuck yes they’re people. I’ve yet to see a fucking giraffe rob a bank. And I’ll tell you why bank robbers are worse than immigrants (because its not entirely obvious to your privileged ass) immigrants are finding WORK AND EARNING WHAT THEY NEED. They get paid far less than minimum wage (because employers can take advantage of their “illegal” status) and are forced to support their dependents on far less than they need. –Bank robbers, which you’re so fond of, steal and threaten for what they want. They aren’t working 40-90 hour a week for a couple hundred dollars. 4) Texas to California was stolen from Mexico. That is stolen Mexican land. Natives from the other side of the border are not “immigrants” for retuning home. 5) Nobody’s worried about the increasing immigration from Canada or Europe. You’re not worried about immigrants, you’re worried about brown people. 6) White people are meant to be the American minority by 2040 so its about time you get used to it.

      • strayaway

        My loyalties are with US workers and their families. Yours are obviously with foreigners and you are in league with the interests of the 1%. You don’t seem to have any concept of supply and demand and how increasing the supply of labor either through sending jobs abroad or importing surplus workers drives down the pay of US workers. It sounds like how many people pour across the border to improve their lives by taking Americans’ jobs should be determined by foreigners rather than Americans. The Constitution, however, gives that power to Congress. The reason I bring up bank robbers is because of your idiotic cliche that illegal aliens are “PEOPLE”. I was just pointing out that bank robbers are also law breaking PEOPLE who might have the same motives for breaking laws as illegal aliens. You didn’t answer why the motives of one group of lawbreakers are less worthy than another group of law breakers. The legal term, by the way, is “illegal alien”. Just because someone sneaks across the border or overstays their visa, doesn’t make them an “immigrant”. Consider that the majority of Mohammed Atta’s 9/11crew members whom were “immigrants” to you. “Alien” just means non-citizen. Aliens are either legal or otherwise. The 9/11 crew members were illegal aliens who overstayed their visas. They were not “immigrants”. The purpose of Newspeak is to prevent people from thinking. It seems to have worked in your case. Europeans aren’t having enough children to even populate their own countries so they aren’t an issue as much as you would like to bring up racism to cover up your contempt for US workers and this Country. Under Obama, black Americans’ wages, wealth, and home ownership have declined relative to those of whites. Handing out work permits to millions of illegal aliens, as Obama tried to do, would have only made the situation of poor blacks worse.

        According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, In December 2007 the number of foreign-born workers was 22,810,000. By April 2015, the number had increased to 24,819,000 or a net job growth of more than 2 million.

        For native-born workers that number in December 2007 was 123,524,000 by April of this year the number of employed native-born Americans was 123,769,000 or a net job growth of 245,000. Such is the Obama recovery. Go peddle your economic treason somewhere else.

      • Avery

        As you clearly come from a place of privilege and are indifferent and numb to the struggles of those who aren’t, you are not qualified to speak on the subject of where they belong and where they live.
        Have a nice day.

      • strayaway

        Yeah, I watched my Uncle being laid off from the auto industry during recessions for months at a time. That was my “privilege” thanks, in part to people who buy foreign cars , support open borders, and vote for economic traitors who support things like NAFTA and the TPP. If you want to help foreigners, send them checks instead of giving them your neighbors’ jobs. Donate your own skin for a change.

      • Avery

        Wow i had no idea that Fiat and Volkswagen were destroying this country thank you for opening my eyes to this tragedy.
        You cant seriously be worried about immigrants all the way up in Wisconsin.

        Learn to sense the end of a conversation.
        Have a nice day.

      • strayaway

        That’s another conversation but purchasing foreign auto content doesn’t employ American workers, runs profits, capitol, engineering, and management out of the US, and Asian companies do have a glass ceiling on women. It’s odd that white liberals, who voice concerns about US workers, are inclined to buy foreign cars made in Asia. I see it as just another expression of contempt for US workers by liberals although it is probably also an unthinking expression of trendiness like parroting cliches.

      • Avery

        Fiat is Italian. Volkswagen is German. Nobody said anything about Asia. Learn your geography.

        This is the last time I’m going to dignify your ass with a response.

      • strayaway

        You’re right. My comment was, “That was my “privilege” thanks, in part to people who buy foreign cars , support open borders, and vote for economic traitors who support things like NAFTA and the TPP.” I used the term “foreign cars”. You brought Fiat and Volkswagen into the conversation. I later added my observation that libs are inclined to buy cars imported from Asia. There was no reference to Fiat or VW being Asian cars. You have accused me of being racist, having come from a place of privilege, and suggesting that Fiat was Asian. It’s a wonder you can survive on cliches, conjecture, and with poor reading comprehension.

      • Jim Bean

        Its fine to have such a benevolent attitude as long as your willing the settle for less food because you’ve invited more people to the table. I don’t see Liberals willing to do that. I seem them demanding that someone (else) provide additional food.

      • Ava

        wtf are you even talking about

      • strayaway

        It should be obvious. You are inviting more people to compete for existing jobs. That will drive down wages even when done legally.

  • Flat Banana

    Dems are only looking for future voters.

    • Ava

      It’s far better to appeal to young voters, make sure they understand the worth of their voice, and encourage political enthusiasm in young adults than to discourage the youth from voting, the way the Republican Party has done and continues to do.

    • Paul Knopf

      As compared to the GOP which is only looking for uneducated southern racist gun humpers