Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Comprehensive immigration reform supporter calls GOP “Nazis” and the Tea Party “the KK”


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a real estate developer and former candidate for alderman in Milwaukee named Dagoberto Ibarra used a racial slur to describe the president. Here is how they report it:

A Milwaukee businessman uttered a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama during a news conference Wednesday in Waukesha City Hall that was organized by Wisconsin business leaders as part of a national call for immigration reform.

“I’m not seeing anybody doing anything,” said Dagoberto Ibarra, who ran for alderman in Milwaukee’s 8th District in 2004. “This is the most useless Congress in the last eight years … because a (N-word) is in charge.”

The remark came at the end of an impassioned speech in which Ibarra criticized the failure of both political parties to produce comprehensive immigration reform, a failure he attributed to discrimination against Latinos.

“If you’re white you’re OK,” he said. “If you’re not white, you’re selling drugs, you’re smuggling, you’re no good.”

Later, in a telephone interview, Ibarra at first denied describing the president with a racial slur.

“I was making reference to what Republicans say,” he said.

He later apologized for the comment.

His words cast him as the latest offender in what some perceive as widespread prejudice against the president.

Of course, the article makes no mention that Ibarra also called the Republican Party “Nazis” and called the Tea Party “the KK.” (I think he was a K short.) Interesting that those statements didn’t bother the reporter enough to even include them as an afterthought in the article. Instead, the article links to a spectacularly bad column by James Causey (as if to justify it) that claims Obama is the most unfairly attacked post-World War II president, and it’s because of his race. No, when it comes to Causey’s columns, or anything at the Journal Sentinel, you really can’t make this stuff up.

Fortunately, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted a video of Ibarra’s remarks online so you can see what a hash they did of the reporting.

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