Thursday, January 17, 2019
MISSOURI REP. JASON SMITH YELLS 'GO BACK TO PUERTO RICO' AT LATINO CONGRESSMAN: IS IT RACIST???
A question of etiquette confronts us as a Missouri lawmakers join the fray of nasty shut down rhetoric and fighting.
Politico: GOP Rep. Jason Smith tells Democrats to 'go back to Puerto Rico!'
The retort was hollered during the remarks of Rep. Tony Cardenas who, actually, represents California.
Rep. Jason Smith acknowledged he yelled “go back to Puerto Rico!” at Democrats during a tense situation on the floor Thursday afternoon, but the Missouri Republican insisted it was not meant as a racially motivated remark.
A Smith aide said the four-term lawmaker intended the comment as a shot at House Democrats over their 30-member jaunt to Puerto Rico last weekend — an event that got heavy coverage in the conservative media — rather than an attack on any minority lawmakers.
Now, to be fair . . . Telling somebody to "go back" to somewhere isn't inherently racist given that TKC is always telling hipsters of every demographic persuasion to go back to JoCo, Brookside and Whole Foods.
Moreover, most Cali Latinos have heard harsher insults.
And so, as always, we put it to you . . .
IS CONGRESSMAN SMITH COVERING HIS TRACKS AFTER ENGAGING IN ETHNIC HATERATION?!?!?
We hope constituents of his section of po'dunk Missouri will go back to their walnut bowls and figure it out in the aftermath of what is, at the very least, an exchange that wasn't very classy and earned rebuke on the national stage.
You decide . . .