Monday, October 18, 2010
Nevada US Senate candidate and Tea Party kook, Sharron Angle, inserted her foot in her mouth again, this time telling a group of Hispanic high school students last week that “some of you look a little more Asian to me,” inducing gasps from the crowd and marking the latest eyebrow-raising remark she has uttered on the campaign trail.
Angle, a radical rightwing Republican is in a close contest against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, met last Friday with the group at a Las Vegas high school after the students expressed anger with her campaign’s anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric.
In a video of the private meeting obtained by The Associated Press, Angle defends a series of campaign advertisements that lean on images of dark-skinned men. Angle, who is white and has several Hispanic grandsons, claims she did not know the people in the TV spots were Hispanic and makes the case that it can be difficult to pinpoint someone’s race.
“You know, 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,” she is heard telling the students, who respond with a flurry of gasps and whispers.
Hispanic leaders have blasted Angle’s immigration stances.
On the Tea Party circuit, Angle has extolled strong-handed policies that might encourage illegal immigrants to “self-deport” and advocated for more sheriffs like Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, who is under Federal investigation for discriminating against Hispanics.