Sarah Palin says GOP disrespects Hispanics

Sarah Palin says GOP disrespects Hispanics

Sarah Palin shows she's clueless once again.

She released a statement to the GOP establishment on her Facebook page Friday claiming that the immigration bill disrespects Hispanics.

"You've just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill. It was the loss of working class voters in swing states that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote," Palin wrote.

"You disrespect Hispanics with your assumption that they desire ignoring the rule of law," Palin added.

First of all, Palin is wrong about the Hispanic vote.

More than 70 percent of Latino voters cast their votes for President Obama. Mitt Romney got 27 percent of the Latino vote. Only two Republican presidential candidates have received less Latino votes since 1980, according to Pew Hispanic Center research.

Former President George H.W. Bush went from 30 percent in 1988 to 25 percent of the Latino vote in 1992. And Bob Dole received 21 percent of the Latino vote in 1996.

The Latino vote mattered in the 2012 election and it will be even more influential in the 2016 election. Even Karl Rove wrote in a Wall Street Journal oped that the GOP needs Latinos to win the 2016 election.

Second of all, Sarah Palin also doesn't get that while more than 60 percent of the Latinos in the U.S. are native born citizens they have great empathy for those who are undocumented.

According to a recent Latino Decisions poll, 78 percent of Latino voters said immigration was extremely or very important to them.

The Senate bill did not disrespect Hispanics because it creates a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.

Some Latinos are upset that that pathway is too long, 13 years, and that the bill would add more than $40 billion in border enforcement.

But Palin couldn't get that nuance.

Instead she prefers to attack GOP politicians, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

She Tweeted Friday, "Obama Calls Rubio to Congratulate Him on Immigration Reform…Hope it was worth 30 pieces of silver."

I don't think Rubio is a Judas to Republicans as Palin suggests.

Maybe she should study up before she casts stones.

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