Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh claims Democrats want Hispanics dependent on government

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh claims Democrats want Hispanics dependent on government
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh

Illinois Republican Congressman, Joe Walsh, is no stranger to controversy.

He recently made some controversial comments claiming that Democrats want Hispanics to be dependent on the government and that African Americans already are dependent on the government.

"The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything," Walsh said during a speech in Schaumburg that was caught on video by CREDO SuperPAC, an anti-Tea Party group. "They want the Hispanic vote, they want Hispanics to be dependent on government, just like they got African Americans dependent on government. That's their game."

Walsh added that civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. "would be out of work if [African Americans] weren't dependent on government."

It's discouraging to see a politician exploit race and ethnicity to try and win votes. He is merely exploiting stereotypes.

Walsh is running against Iraq war hero Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, who he also once mocked by making light of her war injuries. Both candidates debated for the first time earlier this month.

In the 8th District more than 22 percent of the voting-age population is Hispanic and 4 percent is African American.

Walsh thinks he can win by alienating all Democrats, Hispanics and African Americans.

That doesn't  add up to a winning strategy.



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  • Where is your data that refutes his claim? Do you have any statistics or anything? Or, is this just an opinion piece? How is this Republican using race for votes? Most minorities (and this is more true in Illinois than most places) vote Democrat.

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    I am Hispanic and I agree with Joe Walsh. The only reason the democratic party exists, is to enlarge their own base by handing out incentives to otherwise, healthy people that are able to work for themselves but choose not to and instead are encouraged to cheat the system to stay at home. Voting anything other than Democrat, will end that gravy train. They see to know it, why are you so blind? Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are both race baiters that seem to show up at any event where they can foment black people by placing the blame on white people instead of addressing the real problems in the black community: no fathers, no grandparents, no discipline, no incentive to be educated and three generations of gang banging dope dealers who can count on a government check the first and fifteenth of the month. Google Englewood, Chicago and dispute me. These two "reverends" were ready to hang Zimmerman until the facts started trickling out. Where are they now?

  • Look at the two bigots above try and state their case. Why don't you guys just come out and say what you really are? Two selfish jerks who think they don't have to contribute anything but a finger wag to make things better. Losers the both of you, miserable men who lost at life and are looking for anybody but themselves to blame.

  • In reply to Jeffrey B:

    Why is someone who disagrees with you a bigot?

    If someone says, "It's discouraging to see a politician exploit race and ethnicity to try and win votes. He is merely exploiting stereotypes", I just want to see #1) how he is using this to his advantage (ie, getting more votes) and #2) how he is exploiting stereotypes.

    I agree with the statement, but not who it was directed to. I think the Illinois Democratic party are the ones who use fear mongering to their advantage. And they exploit those stereotypes.

  • I recently got re-districted into Walsh's 8th. I don't much care for the man, but they way the media portrays him is criminal. Stop calling him a racist and a dead-beat dad and start examining the issues.

  • Republicans are finding that bashing gays has diminishing returns. They've got nothing else to run on.

  • Democrats want everyone dependent on government, not just Hispanics. The Democrat Party stopped being American decades ago.

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