As long as you come here legally and get a proper job . . . we need immigrants. Who’s going to vacuum our living rooms and clean up after us? Americans don’t like to do that.
— Ivana Trump, quoted by the New York Post.
Number of the GOP’s 16 declared or likely presidential candidates who attended the 32nd annual convention of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. More than 1,200 Hispanic leaders gathered in Las Vegas “for, among other things, a presidential candidates forum. Yet … only one — retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson — bothered to show up,” the Washington Post reports.
Here, less than 12 hours after seven people died, these SOBs, and that’s all I can call them, these SOBs didn’t even have the decency to table the vote.
— Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), slamming House Republicans who voted to cut funding for Amtrak a few hours after a deadly train accident in Philadelphia, TPM reports.
If you go to India or you go to any number of other Third World countries, you have two problems: You have greater inequality of income and wealth. You also have less opportunity for people to rise from the have not to the have.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the richest man in Congress, telling CNN that America has made “our poor somewhat the envy of the world.”
150 years ago today, the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. America is forever indebted. pic.twitter.com/vhIE1k20e7
— Senate Republicans (@Senate_GOPs) April 15, 2015
Of Republican primary voters say they couldn’t see themselves supporting Jeb Bush for the GOP presidential nomination, compared with 49% who said they could, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. “The results underscore an early theme of the Republican nominating contest: Mr. Bush might be the favorite of many top donors and operatives, but he faces hurdles in appealing to the party’s voters, giving him little room to maneuver in what promises to be a crowded field.”
I think there will be a political problem for the Republican Party going into 2016 if we don’t define what we are for on the environment. I don’t know what the environmental policy of the Republican Party is.
— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by Roll Call.
The fact that we do not have positive themes and positive issues is going to cost us seats this fall because moderates and independents aren’t going to turn out. It’s an enormous mistake. … You have to sound like you’re more than anti-Obama, and you’re more than some … politician whose primary role in life is to raise money for your consultant to buy attack ads. It’s pathetic … and it’s turning people off.
— Newt Gingrich, who is not thrilled by the current state of the Republican party, Roll Call reports.
For Republicans, it’s a source of chronic inflammation,
And in the midterms, it would mean mass immolation.
And so, alas,
It shall not pass,
‘Til the GOP is hoisted upon the petard of immigration.