Sharron Angle now has an interesting explanation for her recent campaign ads on immigration, which have prominently featured images of Latinos labeled as “illegal aliens”: They might not be Latinos, or even “illegal aliens” from Mexico at all — they might be terrorists sneaking in from the Canadian border.
As Jon Ralston reports, Angle was speaking to a group of Hispanic children at Rancho High School, and she was asked about the use of images of Latinos in her ads.
“I think that you’re misinterpreting those commercials,” Angle responded. “I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through.”
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It should of course, be noted that the most notable recent Angle ad on this subject, which had the “Illegal Aliens” caption, had nothing to do with terrorism, but was about Harry Reid allegedly voting to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants. In addition, the American workers and college students being ripped off by illegal immigrants all appeared to be white.
Furthermore, the image in that particular ad potentially ran afoul of its usage guidelines from Getty Images, for its use in a political ad. (Not only that, but at the time the picture was taken, the three men in the ad were not illegal aliens at all — they were three Mexican men, in Mexico itself though they aspired to cross the border. Whether they ever did become illegal immigrants is unknown.)
The TPM Poll Average gives Angle a lead of 48.5%-47.4%.
Question: Why is it that in all of your commercials you have the image of Latinos? What do you see when you hear, and I quote, “illegal aliens?”
Angle: I think that you’re misinterpreting those commercials. I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That’s the most porous border that we have. We cannot allow terrorists; we cannot allow anyone to come across our border if we don’t know why they’re coming. So we have to secure all of our borders and that’s what that was about, is border security. Not just our southern border, but our coastal border and our northern border.
To watch the cell-phone video of Angle’s answer, click here.