Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL) speaks Spanish at Tea Party rally and is heckled “learn English!”

This will be a quick, but awful, vignette.  And it’s why the Republican party may never recover from the disaster that it brought on itself by embracing so much extremism, hatred and intolerance.

Buried in a story about immigration reform and the Tea  Party is this little gem:

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican working on a House immigration bill, spoke briefly in Spanish and was heckled by one of the Tea Party protestors who yelled “learn English!”

This, comes on the heels of the embarrassing vitriol that met young Mexican-American Sebastien De La Cruz, a San Antonio native whose father fought in the US military, when he sung the National Anthem last week at the NBA finals:

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Do I know they were Republicans, no. But you do the math.

Speak English, via Shutterstock

Speak English, via Shutterstock

GOP Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who’s having his own “diversity” problem with the Republican faithful, recently said that the Republican party needed immigration reform to pass in order to avoid a “demographic death spiral” by which the Republican party forever loses the Latino vote, and thus forever loses the White House.

That death spiral began the day the Republican party embraced the haters in the religious right, and it only got worse when the GOP created and embraced the Tea Party.  Good luck making things better now.


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