TIME Magazine profiled the Most Exciting Man from Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, and this particular story of a confrontation with an irate voter particularly stuck out.
The candidate smiled patiently, crinkling the crow’s-feet around his eyes. He’d heard this before. “Don’t confuse being loud with being strong,” Pawlenty told him. The man began to protest — something about threatening to shoot illegal immigrants at the border — but Pawlenty gently interrupted him. Republicans had to pick their fights wisely, he said. “You and I already agree with each other. The question is, The people we need to get — how do they respond? We need to reach out and get new people to join the team.”
Did Tim Pawlenty just agree with a man who wants to shoot immigrants?
At the very least this warrants some kind of clarification.
Update TIME’s Michael Crowley responds.
@MattOrtega @PoliticalWire No, Pawlenty did *not* agree re: shooting immigrants. Brushed the guy off on that point, did not engage with it.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Mac Favorite Retweet ReplyMichael Crowley
Be that as it may, I don’t like violent rhetoric about murder being simply dismissed rather than denounced — especially since violent hate crimes against Latinos continue to mount and, in no small part, a result of the toxic anti-immigrant fervor from the right.