First, guys, want to say I’m wishing Jim Hoft the best and I’m trying to help him out the best I can by writing this guest post for Gateway Pundit.
Anyway, since I put up a story over at Breitbart about how Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), the House Democrats’ leading proponent of amnesty, argued that women would be raped and people would die until amnesty became law, I’ve been trying to get an answer from House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on whether he agrees with Gutierrez’s extreme comments.
This has nothing to do with whether or not somebody supports doing an amnesty, or their position on immigration legislation. This has to do solely with whether it’s acceptable for members of the U.S. Congress to so blatantly use extreme rhetoric—he argued women will be raped and people will die until an amnesty passes—to push their policies. Ryan is supposed to be a responsible conservative, and much of the time, he is. We know where the former GOP vice presidential candidate stands on immigration: he wants to grant an amnesty to illegal aliens, and he wants to do it before the border is secured. That’s a different argument for a different fight.
Gutierrez is actually arguing that women will be raped if the Senate Gang of Eight bill (or something like it) doesn’t pass tomorrow, and that if such a bill passes, rapes won’t happen. The lack of logic, and the pure misleading, hateful and truly despicable rhetoric lacks no bounds.
Why does Ryan matter in this story? It’s not like he said it, right? No, Ryan didn’t say it and he is not personally responsible for Gutierrez’s remarks, don’t get my point here wrong. But Ryan has thrown himself into bed with Gutierrez politically on immigration. The two have worked closely together, almost acting as running mates on the campaign for amnesty. In fact, in that same video where Gutierrez made these extreme factually challenged remarks, he praised Ryan over and over, and over again.
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“There’s this theory that it’s only Democrats who want it [comprehensive immigration reform],” Gutierrez said in the video — around the 43-minute mark. “Well that’s not true. You know Paul Ryan ran for Vice President of the United States of America. I did everything I could so he could never achieve that goal. He did everything he could so I would never be in the majority in the House of Representatives. Yet, after the election, he extended a hand of friendship and collaboration and unity. He said to me ‘Luis, you’re Catholic. I’m Catholic. We cannot have a permanent underclass of workers in the United States of America. That does not reflect our values and who we are.’ And he’s working to get it done. And like him, there are dozens of other Republicans that are ready to stand up.”
He cited Ryan’s name at least twice more in the video.
The Republican National Committee, which supports Gutierrez’s advocated policy prescriptions on immigration, told me that the Illinois Democrat’s comments were uncalled for and extreme. “The immigration system in our country is broken, but this hyperbolic language and scare mongering doesn’t sound like someone trying to find solutions,” RNC spokesman Raffi Williams said in an email to me for a followup story at Breitbart.
But, Ryan and his staff have not answered me for two days on this matter. I think that Ryan needs to say whether he agrees with the RNC or whether he agrees with Gutierrez. It’s the responsible thing to do, as the RNC showed, regardless of which way you come down on amnesty.