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 racistit 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.”