Arizona Republican Idiotically Assumes YMCA Campers On Bus Are Migrant Children

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On Tuesday morning, Republican Congressional candidate Adam Kwasman attended a protest against housing migrant children from Central America in Oracle, AZ. Protesters gathered in Oracle with the hopes of stopping a bus full of detainees who were to be transported to a boys’ ranch in the area. Obviously, the idea behind the protest was to create a media spectacle like the one seen in Murrieta, CA earlier this month, where protesters successfully stopped buses full of migrant children from reaching a detention center. In this instance, the bus never showed up. The problem for Kwasman is that he thought it did.

While making a speech for the cameras, Kwasman suddenly stopped as he was told that a bus was approaching. In the hopes of getting his moment in the sun. Kwasman raced over to the bus, along with other protesters. Law enforcement on the scene allowed the bus to move through and didn’t allow the Kwasman or the protesters to stop it. (Of course, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu was directly responsible for the protest occurring in the first place, but I digress.) While the bus was at the scene, Kwasman sent the following tweet, since deleted. Thankfully, the website Politwoops saved the tweet for posterity.




Kwasman rushed back to Phoenix with the hopes of making political hay over the fact that he had attempted to stop a bus packed with illegal immigrants that the people of Oracle did not want in their area. Unfortunately for Kwasman, News 12 reporter Braham Resnick had to break the news to Kwasman that the bus actually didn’t have migrant children in it. Nope, it was full of children on a YMCA camping trip. Resnick had to interrupt Kwasman with this little tidbit as Kwasman was grandstanding about what he had just witnessed in Oracle.

Below is video of the interaction, courtesy of Arizona Central, News 12’s website:



Right after Resnick told Kwasman that the bus had YMCA campers on it, Kwasman tried to cover his tracks on Twitter. He deleted the initial tweet and then sent the two following tweets.



Kwasman is running a longshot campaign in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District to unseat incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick. He is facing current Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin in the GOP primary. Obviously, his initial hope with this stunt was that he’d be able to appeal to the far-right of the GOP base in the district and get himself some national exposure. Well, he got the national publicity he so desperately wanted.

29 Replies to “Arizona Republican Idiotically Assumes YMCA Campers On Bus Are Migrant Children”

  1. He reminds me a lot of AZ Republican Trent Franks–seems to be just as much of an a**hole as Franks is, too.

    Is there something in the water down there, or just something in the Republican water?

  2. Shamus
    The guy’s a Republican, which means
    a – he’s going to take the side of the haters on virtually every issue.
    b – he’s going to work for the 1% on virtually every issue.
    c – he’s either uneducated or willfully ignorant and/or is trying to appeal to those who are uneducated or willfully ignorant.

  3. Well, we all have known how “Stupid” the whole republican party is for quite some time since the Potato incident with Daddy Bush’s Vice – President, Daddy Bush’s two sons, Geroge W, And Jeb. Then there is Michelle Backman(sp), and let’s not forget Sarah Palin, whom thought she would become Vice – President with just a “WINK”.

  4. He seems like a Teapublican, which leaves me a little confused because his tweets were all spelled correctly. Maybe they just misspell their signs?

  5. Bet the fool see someone with dark brown hair and brown eyes and he sees illegal Aliens! The poor people of that state must all be bottle blondes just so as not to end up in his clutches.

    next thing he will be see space aliens at every corner! Moron!

  6. Anyone who wanta to replace Ann Kirkpatrick in District 1 is in for a big disappointment!! Ann has done more for district 1 than the last 4 representatives put together, just ask any veteran or indian

  7. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a hose job – let it leak that a bus load of immigrant kids are going to be coming through town, and then send a bus full of local kids going to YMCA camp. These haters are so gullible that they’re easy marks, but then we already knew that……

  8. Well we have another a$$hole trying to make a name for themselves. However it doesn’t surprise me only confirms my belief that the GOP cannot tell the difference between right and wrong, so how can you expect this knucklehead to know the difference immigrant kids and USA campers. Typical GOP, don’t get the truth and facts first, just jump into the sh*t head first. It bet he didn’t come out smelling like a rose.

  9. And what if it was a busload of kids who happened to have been American citizens of a darker complexion?

    Would these protestors have shown the same hesitancy to engage them and express their blind rage and bigotry-motivated indignation?

  10. No hesitancy. They all know that darker complexioned people aren’t supposed to be American citizens. The fact that they are just increases the blind rage.

  11. Because what will fix our problems is for our congressional representatives to look for trouble, have knee-jerk reactions, then tweet about it.

  12. This foolishness has got to stop!!!

    We are a descendants of immigrants – every one of us without exception!

  13. It takes a special kind of low brow individuals to try to take a human tragedy to score points for political gain. Thus I give you tea party candidates and people who don’t understand how our country is seen throughout history to the rest of the world.

  14. It does seem to be in the drinking water (or funny pills) Republicans are consuming all over the country.
    A psychologist would have a best seller if he published a background study on a selection of these lugnuts and found a common denominator.
    Maybe it’s something terrifying that happened to their mothers while carrying them. (Or maybe it was the Devil who fathered them all!)

  15. A psychologist would have a best seller if he published a background study on a selection of these lugnuts and found a common denominator.
    I will save you some money and tell you the common denominator. Inbreeding brings stupidity

  16. Another ignorant GOP candidate! Before acting, get an education and travel around the country, learn who Americans are ! We live in an cultural diversified country, it is about time they realize this. So tired of the narrow minds of some of our current and future politicians !

  17. So it’s not okay for grown adults to chase a bus with children on it screaming “go home” and terrorizing them if they are YMCA day campers, but in CA and AZ it’s okay to do that to kids who are immigrants? Help me here, when is it ever okay to torment and scare any child, anywhere? GOP is endorsing this behavior when their own candidates are joining in for a bunch of illiterates votes? Are you kidding me? Kwasman wins hands down for the biggest douche in AZ and that’s quite the win in that state.

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