[AUDIO ADDED] CORRECTION: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus calls Romney’s self-deportation comment ‘HORRIFIC’

CORRECTION: It turns out that the RNC Chair never called the self-deportation remark ‘racist’. Business Insider published a correction:

An original version of this story said that Reince Priebus referred to Mitt Romney’s comments as “racist.” He said it “hurts us.” Business Insider regrets the error.

The corrected paragraph looks like this:

“Using the word ‘self-deportation’ — it’s a horrific comment to make,” Priebus said, in a forceful rebuke. “I don’t think it has anything to do with our party. When a candidate makes those comments, obviously, it hurts us.”

So while he didn’t call it racist, Priebus did still call it “horrific”. Still smells like pandering to me…

UPDATE: Here’s the audio via Legal Insurrection:


Republican leadership just sucks all the way around. Whether it be the House, Senate, or the RNC, they all suck. Nobody has backbone anymore and everyone thinks that pandering to Hispanics will win us the 2016 election.

Mark Levin is right. We can’t vote enough of them out. There are too many:

BUSINESS INSIDER – In condemning Rep. Steve King’s incendiary comments on immigration, RNC chairman Reince Priebus swept in his party’s presidential nominee, saying that talk of “self-deportation” was “horrific” and even “racist.”

Mitt Romney repeatedly used the term during the Republican primary campaign to talk about how his immigration enforcement policies would lead to unauthorized immigrants leaving the U.S. of their own accord, rather than needing to be deported.

“Using the word ‘self-deportation’ — it’s a horrific comment to make,” Priebus said, in a forceful rebuke. “I don’t think it has anything to do with our party. When someone makes those comments, obviously, it’s racist it hurts us.”

Preibus spent much of a mid-afternoon session with reporters defending the party’s progress with Latino voters and steps on immigration reform, which it made a priority five months ago in its touted Growth and Opportunity Project.

Meanwhile, King is in Iowa this week, and he is continuing to defend his recent hostile comments on immigration reform, including that the DREAM Act is a backdoor way for Mexican drug mules to become U.S. citizens.

King is making life especially difficult for Priebus, five months into a GOP “rebrand” that depends on patching up relations with Latinos.

Priebus bristled when asked about King’s comments on Thursday — specifically, one in which he said illegal immigrants have “calves the size of cantaloupes” so they can haul “75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

“Well, of course, it’s hurtful,” Priebus said of those comments. “Of course, it hurts. … Just, not good.”


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92 thoughts on “[AUDIO ADDED] CORRECTION: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus calls Romney’s self-deportation comment ‘HORRIFIC’

  1. DonnyBlackmore regularrightguy A good controlled meltdown is a healthy thing DonnyBlackmore. Drop by the blog sometime. —http://regularrightguy.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/and-then-there-was-elmore/ …Full Caf Americano

  2. Orangeone No_BlahBlah OliviaHT Yeah I get that oCommie is intent upon destroying the Constitution and America but from your post I guess the solution is to give up?

  3. No_BlahBlah Orangeone OliviaHT Then I suggest you go to the Levin thread and read what I posted.  Obama is miles ahead of Levin has a well-established nonprofit filled with lawyers and millions upon millions raised in the US and internationally with the goal to destroy the Constitution and turn the US into a Muslim country by 2016.
    Just check out the ObamaCare and amnesty governors. Hand over the Constitution and the country, it’s Obama’s dream. Never did he think the Repubs would simply hand over the keys, learning nothing from ObamaCare, his impeachable offenses and amnesty.  There will be no coming back from Obama’s dictatorship.

  4. The Sentinel That needs to happen in every election.
    The problem is the money that flows into washington and the struggle for who distributes it because no more are their citizen politicians serving their country but career politicians using corruption, graft and extortion to become multi-millionaires.
    They can’t correct themselves. We can’t elect enough men who will be able to resist the allure of wealth and power. We need the state legislatures to re-assert their sovereignty and strip the leviathan down to the bone.

  5. Orangeone OliviaHT If you are referring to Mark Levin’s book recommending using Art. 5 of the Constitution in the manner it was meant to be used by the Founders;
    When the congress and government has become so corrupt that no hope remains that it will curb its power and therefore the states are the last bastion of hope against a tyranny of an incumbent oligarchy.
    I’d like to hear your suggestions short of dissolution of the Union, Civil War or Anarchy.

  6. Tallgal83 Oh it works alright!
    It insures that another demonRat will be elected. Everything is going according to plan.

  7. Exxe the ESTABLISHMENT keeps ‘voting/nominating moderates and leftists.’
    For decades I have voted the ‘lesser of two evils.’
    No More. I’ll vote for a dem before I vote for a RINO if that is the final choice on the ticket
    Can You Hear Me! GOP establishment!

  8. bahamianhoosier pmyers1934 I WILL vote for a democrat over a RINO without a second thought.
    These losers need to go. They are worse than the democrats because they work with the progressives, ARE progressives and LIE to the voters about what they will do when elected.

  9. harryojamI’m with you,
    ““I don’t think it has anything to do with our party. When someone makes those comments, obviously, it’s racist it hurts us.””
    I think when reince says ‘US’, he means him and the progressive democrats.
    No GOP NO MORE, freaking idiots

  10. DonnyBlackmore Oh contraire! Reince has a plan. First elect a real Republican president—not some teabagger from Alaska or Texas or Kentucky, but a real… Edna! Quick, get Jenny Craig on the line! —http://regularrightguy.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/mccain-what-happened-to-kaitlyn-hunt-to-turn-her-into-a-sociopathic-sex-freak/ … Full
    Caf Americano

  11. The only thing in this story that is horrific is that this idiot RINO is still Chairman of the RNC.

  12. RS I love this !!! Thank you for saying it so well !! 
    Republican leadership just sucks all the way around. Whether it be the House, Senate, or the RNC, they all suck. Nobody has backbone anymore and everyone thinks that pandering to Hispanics will win us the 2016 election.
    We will lose the 2016 Election no matter what because of who they are pushing at us, and there will be no 2014 or 2016  if Hispanics or Illegals are granted their amnesty.

  13. DanaZZGarcia And isn’t it nice that the whole time we were told “he’s the only one who can win” Oh ok boss whatever you say massa’

  14. pmyers1934 I keep wondering how many more cans of whip-ass need to opened on these morons before they go away from sheer embarrassment!!

  15. When Romney had political power, he was a Massachusetts Obama. Government healthcare, anti-gun, pro-carbon tax, etc., etc.    Bigger, stronger, more expensive, more intrusive government.   So I can’t like him.
    Unfortunately, I can’t like Preibus either.
    They’re both horrific.  It would be best for our republic if they both left the public debate.

  16. Reince needs to go anyway, along with Boehner.  The RNC needs cleansed and getting rid of these two would be a good start.

  17. I’m so fed up with the representing a party. To hell with the party! These politicians need to start representing their constituents, not kissing the ass of the party.  there’s too much good old boy ass kissing going on, and not enough representing the people they are supposed to represent!!

  18. I’m sick of the PC police.  We will soon have a PC dictionary thicker than “War and Peace” of words not to say….such as Chicago, food stamp President, monkey, etc.
    There’s nothing wrong with “self-deportation”.  It’s self explanatory.

  19. Why does Prince Reebus still have a job with the Republican Party? Wasn’t the Romney failure grounds for dismissal?
    BTW, Self-dport just means leaving on their own dime, the same way they got here. It’s empowering if you ask me.

  20. I don’t see how anyone can remain loyal to the RNC anymore.  They are filled with leftists in top positions.  Any sane person would stay independent.  The only solution to change the republican party, is to vote in conservative-constitutional candidates, but i don’t have any hope on this front.  The electorate keeps voting/nominating moderates and leftists.  Bush Sr., Bush Jr., McCain, Romney, etc.  The last conservative closest to my beliefs, was Reagan, and he was still too moderate for me.  This just proves that conservatives lost the electorate, and they are now largely moderates and leftists.

  21. Orangeone dontspeakforme 
    And they never got any kudos then, what makes them think it will be different this time?…….isn’t doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome like an insidious mental illness.
    Better to stand on principle- obey the laws of the land………….simple.

  22. Reince Preibus is pretty much not worth having in the position he holds.  I can’t figure out if any of them are worth it.  If’ it is inside the Beltway they are worthless. 
    If any of them would stand up and say Conservative things and mean it I can’t tell you how much money would start rolling in.  Just ask Joe Wilson how much money he had coming in after the said, “You lie!” to the President.  Then he ruined it all and apologized.  Stupid is as stupid does.

  23. Follow the laws……….I always thought that was a plank in the republican platform. Simplicity of truth is always the best way. Immigration reform n 3 words.

  24. Here is a great site where the pic I linked below originates. What a great PAC!  Hope they march on Boehner’s office.

  25. OliviaHT Any wonder why I don’t want the Constitution touched?  Do you trust the GOP with it?  I don’t.

  26. NorthernBear And it wasn’t strong enough and turned off the base. The majority of Americans want illegal aliens deported.

  27. dontspeakforme The GOP started the amnesty train in 1986 and has been pushing another amnesty ever since.

  28. lawngreen He’s also bigoted against US citizens.  If he thinks pandering to illegal aliens and for amnesty is going to win over the black vote, he should have said that at the DC March for Jobs. They would have run him out of DC

  29. Well Well Well – who needs the SEIU when Priebus is calling Republicans RAAAAACISTs  
    here is a bit from that SEIU email
    I was arrested – along with dozens of immigration reform leaders – to call attention to the 11 million aspiring Americans who are waiting for reform to our broken immigration system.
    I was arrested to protest our Republican leadership who just left for a five week vacation without introducing an immigration reform bill that provides a pathway to citizenship.
    Now I need you to speak out.
    Click here to tell House leaders we’re not going to stop until we get a vote on citizenship.

  30. He still needs to be dumped…his views are liberal:
    “As it makes clear, there’s no one reason we lost. Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient; we weren’t inclusive; we were behind in both data and digital; our primary and debate process needed improvement,” Priebus said.
    “So there’s no one solution. There’s a long list of them.”
    The 97-page report, which Priebus described as an autopsy, offered 219 recommendations, including a greater effort to reach out to Latinos, African Americans, Asians, women, gay people, the young, and those on low incomes.
    Now, none of us would argue that SOME of these NEED to be reached out to, but others, most notably homosexuals (counterfeit marriage) and illegals (Latino amnesty) — NO!

  31. Tamikosmom  Reagan was being kind. Socialism can’t do anything except confiscate and destroy. It leaves behind a smoking ruin, of nations, people, and hopes.

  32. Big Government Republican that obviously doesn’t have two working brain cells.

    So tell me are Mexico’s immigration and self deportation policies racist you blithering idiot? And since when does a Chairman of the Party attack someone within the party?

    The root of the divisive party split is Reince. Get rid of him.

  33. Despite correction Reince’s remark about the comment being “horrific” is still terrible, and pandering.  Does he really think he condemnation will turn a bunch of Hispanics that are ALREADY liberals into GOP voters.

  34. prince peep-us is racist. He’s bigoted against whites. The proof is that he’s doing everything in his power to destroy them. I was right. There are no more republicans, even with a lower-case r. these are dems and dhimmis, and we are whatcha call in deep organic fertilizer.

    How can a creature be so cowardly and still walk upright?

  35. sDee I have never seen a comment from you that I disagree with. Keep it up. You speak the truth.

  36. stage9l5j6f7″NEVER trust evil. DECLARE IT EVIL, then expose and repudiate it.” stage9

    Some guy said more or less this same thing in Ephesians 5: 11 
    Stop plagiarising bro 😉

  37. This guy is like a military general who sees an open battlefield, where his side outnumbers the enemy, his troops are better armed, better trained and their cause is nobler, but in fear, he advises his fighters to lay down their weapons in surrender nonetheless.

  38. bhliberty OliviaHT suzy000 
    Thank you for the Franklin quote; I had never read it before. Amazing how perspicacious — and virtuous — our Founders were! Actually, the virtue comes first: virtue promotes clear-sightedness and wisdom.

  39. GOP has become a willing partner to the Democrats in the destruction of our Country. We might as well have a one party system with many of the RINO closet dem’s we have now.  The Republicans game plan for 2014 is evidently “political Suicide”.

  40. What an absolute a$$clown.  I cannot believe the state into which this party has fallen.  They stand for nothing.  They spit in the eye of their base.  They get the candidates they want, the candidates they force down our throats, and then blame us when their lousy candidates get their a$$es handed to them.  
    What an unmitigated disaster.  The GOP is a joke.

  41. Rshill7 Very true, and now the government is beginning to make it difficult for U.S. citizens to give up their passports.  It used to cost nothing to fill out a form and give up your documents.  Now, it cost $500 just for the form.  Ugh!

  42. l5j6f7Priebus is proving exactly WHY the repugnantcan party has become a punch line. His is the face of failure and someone who is liberal to the core attempting to liberalize the party. He sees the evil of liberalism as a winning strategy, and he is determined to foist that evil upon the rest of us.
    I read many of you here and elsewhere constantly scratching your heads distraught why liberals and repugnantcans don’t get that our nation is in dire straights, but folks, at the core is the same demonically inspired philosophy orchestrating it all — liberalism!
    Whether it comes out of a godless democrat or a godless repugnantcan, it’s the same influence, and until that PHILOSOPHY that currently drives the machine of modern politics, liberalism, is driven from our shores completely, NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING is going to change!
    Change the heart, you change the man. Change the man and you change what he thinks and what he does. 
    At the heart of our national woes is man’s refusal to acknowledge the evil living comfortably within his own heart. It’s his failure to acknowledge his propensity to do evil and then to impose evil that is damning our nation. We gloss over the cause stressing over the symptoms! Illegal immigration is a symptom. O’BamaCare is a symptom. Bengahzi is a symptom. The economy is a symptom. The disease is the corruption in the hearts of our leaders. And it’s that corruption that has created the symptoms we see today.
    Liberalism is the philosophical postulate that man without God and morality can arrive at the same place through government. It is a delusion. And delusion breeds errant conclusions and ultimately errant policies.
    There needs to be a complete and utter repudiation of liberalism starting within our own party. There needs to be a renewal of Republicanism; a genuine renewal to an oath committed to the founding principles and Constitutionalism and morality and faith, (fiscal responsibility is redundant if these values are met).
    Until then, there will be evermore head scratching and frustration until the entire party is filled with disillusioned members who in frustration abandon the party entirely.
    This man, Priebus, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is a liberal, and because he is a liberal he is driving the Republican Party over the same cliff as the Democrats. He is deluded and deceived, and you should never, EVER follow the deceived.
    Liberalism is evil, not because of what it CLAIMS, but because of what it DOES! Evil will always declare itself virtuous before it imposes it’s will upon you. 
    To use an example, I site Scoops article, posted yesterday, “Muslim activists plan million Muslim march on 9/11 in Washington DC”, in which The American Muslim Political Action Committee said this:
    “We as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains.”
    Evil will always declare itself virtuous before it imposes it’s will upon you.
    NEVER trust evil. DECLARE IT EVIL, then expose and repudiate it. And then repeat the repudiation until it returns to its rightful place, under your feet.
    Priebus needs to be rebuked and then removed…and soon!

  43. …and one more thing, what kind of name is Reince Preibus, anyway? Maybe we are seeing his true loyalty shine through, it ain’t to America!

  44. Watch the GOP push for ANOTHER moderate candidate like McCain and Romney.  They didn’t learn in 08′ and obviously didn’t learn in 2012 that pandering doesn’t work!

  45. Enough of trying to save the “Latino” vote, or “African American” vote, or “Indian American” vote, how about we start with preserving the AMERICAN vote? Demand VOTER ID in ALL states, NOW! Stop pandering to those who are here to “get” something for nothing.  
    You will stop the flow of illegals into America when you stop the flow of entitlements they are receiving.  That is exactly what Mitt Romney was saying when he described “self-deportation”, without entitlements there is nothing for them to come to AMERICA for, unless they come through the FRONT DOOR, LEGALLY!

  46. “Socialists ignore the side of man that is the spirit. They can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you’re ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave. They don’t understand that we also dream.” – Ronald Reagan

  47. OliviaHT suzy000 “envy and greed, a mirror of their own corrupt hearts”
    Exactly what the founders feared and why term limits are in order.  As Benjamin Franklin stated during the Constitutional Convention:
    “Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men.  These are ambition and avarice; the love of power and the love of money.  Separately each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many minds the most violent effects.”

  48. Good grief……I thought Romney’s “self deportation” idea was his best point on an otherwise weak platform. It was one of the few or only times I actually cheered something he said…cut off ALL public money to illegals, and watch them leave on their own, saving us the cost of rounding them up and transporting them out of here. This dipsh*t calling the idea “horrific” and “rascist” is beyond pathetic, it’s downright disgusting.

  49. The RNC is history.  The Party?…..we will see. 
    The battle is in full swing at the county and state levels. Please join a local Tea Party, Conservative, or Libertarian group  working actively to save the Party with true constitutional leadership.

    We have no choice – time is up America.  The Republican establishment has sold out our sovereignty.

  50. However, Americans are self-deporting in record numbers. They are voluntarily renouncing their US Citizenship as never before. That’s peachy keen though, right? Nothing “horrific” there huh?
    American citizens, leave! Mexicans, welcome!
    United States of America, we hardly knew ye. You’ve become dark and ugly. Those national anthems we used to sing with heartfelt words, are no longer valid. They no longer ring with either truth or freedom. Were I to sing “America The Beautiful”, I’d feel like a veracity challenged bullshitter.

  51. suzy000 
    The Democrats, and now the GOP also, play to man’s baser instincts: envy and greed, a mirror of their own corrupt hearts.

  52. The RNC is laying down its marker: they will have porous borders, a segue to one-world government, and to hell with the Constitution, the people of America, the rule of law, and the nation state. Could the recent actions and comments of Boehner, McConnell, and Priebus be read any differently?
    The GOP is officially erasing any distinction it pretended to have with Democrats — both are liberal-to-leftist entities. Everything is all about that great leftist shibboleth employed ONLY with the intent to cover ones position in an aura of moral superiority — when the truth is, it’s a lie to blacken dissenters with false charges and make the opposition appear ugly, mean, and hard-hearted. 
    Priebus sits there and decries self-deportation, as if it’s the worst crime against humanity. Meanwhile, American workers are being disadvantaged to MAKE WAY FOR THIRD WORLDERS.

  53. Self deportation is now “racist”? What is deportation by ICE agents then? Wait, we don’t deport anymore. I guess that why our population is sky rocketing and the welfare state grows exponentially. Ah. I see. Duh.

  54. He should self deport himself…….who the he11 is named “Reince Priebus”…….???? I he Michael Jacksons son?   What a douche

  55. The Republicans are their own worst enemies.
    The GOPe is what needs to be surgically removed – that, and add a fresh infusion of new, conservative patriots. Only then can the patient have a chance at renewed life.

  56. The Republican Establishment is just going with the flow. Floating on inner tubes with their naked little toes dragging in the water. No splashes, no paddling, no nothing. They notice Ted Cruz and Mike Lee swimming upstream, like Olympic champions. They try to grab them and hold them back. They miss. Yet all is bliss. 
    Will they still be napping or sipping Mint Juleps as they tumble over the rocky, impossible to survive, waterfall drop? Bet on it. Dead in the water. I hope we swarm the Primaries, as it sounds like the establishment is running to the left of Romney. 
    Oh God, acid reflux is one thing. Projectile vomiting quite another.
    “Clean up on aisle R! Clean up on aisle R!”

  57. Hey Reince, go solicit funds and votes from your illegal aliens. Oh wait, they donate to and vote for DEMS!

  58. You cannot lead anything be wetting a finger and sticking up in the air to find out with course of action you should take.  You might as well stick the finger up your lowermost orifice!

  59. We have never won more than 30% of the vote because we are the party of individual responsibility…not free handouts.  The Dems have tried to make it look ugly when we rant on Americans and call them takers, parasites etc.  The truth hurts but it is the truth.  We have to stand tall and shout it out and embarrass the takers that do not need it.  They are milking the system and fraud is higher than ever.  We will NEVER get more than 30% of the Hispanic vote…we wil never get more than 10% of the black vote.  Those that believe in freebies will never vote GOP.  Boehner lost the war when he failed to curb back social programs in the first year of power.  Boehner is this party’s problem…had he done what Republicans across the nation put him in power to do in 2010…we would have won the White House in 2012.  I’m just sayin’……..

  60. Also, what does it say about Preibus and the RNC when they supported this guy?  Preibus and the establishment is racist for supporting Romney then.  Nice “logic” there.

  61. Looks like Reince is using Lefty talking points.  How pathetic.
    Saying they suck is the understatement of the year.  What’s worse is that this is supposed to be the opposition.
    (Side note:  What a phony Reince is … he was singing Romney’s praises as the “electable” candidate not too long ago.  Not that I am a Romney fan by any means … there is no honor among thieves, I guess)

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