Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus was on defense Wednesday on Morning Joe, when Sam Stein asked Priebus why immigration reform wasn’t mentioned in the official Republican State of the Union response but they did mention it in their Spanish language response.
Wanna know why Republicans only mentioned immigration reform in the Spanish language response? Because Obama sucks. Seriously, that is the gist of Priebus’ argument. This is so lame it’s uncomfortable.
Watch here via a clip the DNC:
Sitting around the Morning Joe table the morning after the incredible State of the Union delivered by President Obama last night, Sam Stein asked asked RNC chair Reince Priebus if he could explain why Republicans never brought up immigration reform in their official response, but did bring it up in the Spanish language response.
Stein: Can ask about immigration reform. In the official GOP response it wasn’t mentioned but in the official Spanish-language GOP response it was. A cynic might read into that a little bit but I’m not a cynic can you explain what happened.
Priebus: I don’t know I mean I, I think look I, I did an actuality yesterday too so we sent out to all affiliates that can take clips and I think that too in today’s political world you’re gonna have and I think if you look at the Democrats say you’re gonna see almost every senator every congressman send out a press release with their response. I don’t think it’s that strange to have multiple people giving multiple responses —
Roberts: Yes but why not immigration in the official response, in English.
Priebus (looking down): B-b-b-because I think the President kinda screwed things up in regard to immigration reform by overreaching, by taking his executive action and – um—
Brzezinski: Wouldn’t that be why to bring it up in the response?
Preibus (unable to answer, decides to pivot by tossing hot ball at Obama, inaccurately claiming the President’s actions on immigration are illegal): Well, I mean, you know I think we’ve been talking about this executive amnesty action the President’s taken illegally for a long time and I think until that gets resolved it’s very difficult to go back and conduct any other kind of immigration reform. Look, I’m not the policy guy, I certainly have a lot of opinions as you can tell….
And the panel laughs at Priebus’ dodge as the clip ends.
So there you have it. Was it cynical that Republicans didn’t have the nerve to bring up immigration reform in their official response but did bring it up in the Spanish language version?
Um, hello, that was all Obama’s fault. You see, every time the President acts like he has the power of, say — ua President, a Republican loses their mind. If you add that up, you can see how unfair it would be to expect them to have any policies that they were able to be honest about. But they do have a lot of bread bag empathy, in case you were wondering.
So the fact that Republicans spoke out of both sides of their mouth and had nothing of substance to say is obviously the fault of the man who laid out a clear, concise, policy-driven agenda based on proposals he’s actually thought about and provided written words about.
The fact that Republicans have no policy on immigration because they’ve been hijacked by radical, irrational haters is not their fault. Why so mean, world?
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