LOL! Kasich Attempts To PRAISE Latinos, Ends Up INSULTING Them Instead!
I still have no idea why Kasich is running for president, and apparently neither does he. At a campaign stop today he tried to praise Latinos’ hard work in America and instead, pissed off a Latino community group!
Sharing an anecdote Thursday at a campaign event as he spoke about Republicans trying to attract Latino voters, Ohio Gov. John Kasich got tangled up on the details.
At a luncheon hosted at a posh Orange County golf club by a local political action committee, Kasich heap praise upon Latinos — a crucial voting bloc, with 28 million expected to be eligible to vote in the 2016 election — for family values and work ethic, but then appeared to indirectly conflate Latinos and service-industry workers.
“A lot of them do jobs that they’re willing to do and, uh, that’s why in the hotel you leave a little tip,” said Kasich before a small group inside the Shady Canyon Golf Club, nestled in a gated Irvine neighborhood.
Kasich went on to tell a story about his stay at a hotel in Los Angeles in recent days.
“This lady wrote me in my hotel there in L.A. She wrote this note. It said, ‘I really want you to know that I care about your stay.’ Is that just the greatest thing?” he said. “So, you know, we can learn a lot and she’s Hispanic, ’cause I didn’t know it at the time, but I met her in the hallway — asked her if I could get a little more soap,” said a chuckling Kasich.
So look, as a Latino, I personally don’t find what he said offensive. It’s true that many in the hospitality industry are Latino, so what?
But it’s still funny that he got some groups offended:
“Most candidates have lopsided, stereotypical ideas about immigrants, which include the sense that immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, are only good while serving others,” said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, communications director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. “The comment lacks history, sense of how important immigrants are to our economy, and vision where immigrants are more than just ‘the help.'”
I’m sure this “Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles” cares more about illegal aliens than actual immigrants, but whatever.
This just shows how bad conservatives are at messaging – if you’re gonna praise a group’s contribution to America, DON’T use a stereotypical example as your first and only example, genius.