Skip to comments.Reps Tancredo, Gutierrez engage in nasty exchange
Posted on 03/16/2006 1:12:11 PM PST by dennisw
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom Tancredo and an Illinois congressman traded charges of racism during a heated confrontation following a televised appearance Wednesday on immigration reform, both their congressional offices confirmed today. Tancredo and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., are frequent sparring partners on the talk show circuit as Congress works to pass some version of immigration reform. Tancredo is a leading advocate of tougher enforcement against illegal immigrants and people who hire them. Gutierrez, the son of Mexican immigrants, calls Tancredo's approach "ugly policy" motivated by racism.
On Wednesday, they appeared together on CNBC, and when the cameras stopped rolling the debate continued with a spat first reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.
Gutierrez's office claims that Tancredo aggressively continued the discussion off camera and tried to slow Gutierrez as he was trying to reach the elevator.
Tancredo spokesman Will Adams, who was present, said it was Gutierrez who was the aggressor, hurling comments and, before it was over, saying he thought about hitting Tancredo.
The words exchanged are in little dispute, based on this account in Roll Call:
At one point, Gutierrez reportedly asked Tancredo if he had ever eaten in a restaurant.
"How could you eat from the plates touched by those nasty illegal immigrants?" Gutierrez said.
He then asked Tancredo: "Have you ever eaten an orange? A grape," an apparent reference to illegal farm workers. He then repeated the phrase several times as Tancredo tried to answer. "An orange, a grape, an orange, a grape, an orange a grape."
Gutierrez, who has a cast on a foot, reportedly tried to walk to the elevator, but Tancredo tried to stop him by putting his hand on his shoulder. Gutierrez reportedly demanded: "Get your hand off me!"
Adams said Tancredo had done little more than tap him on the shoulder.
Gutierrez said to Tancredo: "You racist! You bigot!"
Tancredo told Gutierrez: "You look in the mirror if you want to see a racist."
Gutierrez and staff members finally got on the elevator, while Tancredo and his team took the stairs.
When they met again on the first floor, Gutierrez told his staff, "Better hurry up -- the KKK is coming," according to Roll Call. He accused Tancredo of following him, although Adams said they simply needed to use the same exit because Tancredo's office is across the street.
Just outside, Gutierrez said to aides within Tancredo's earshot: "I thought about hitting him, but then I thought, 'What if I (expletive) kicked his ass,'" the newspaper reported.
"To say this is unbecoming of a Congressman doesn't go far enough," Adams said. "This is unbecoming of an adult." Asked if Tancredo wanted an apology, Adams said, "It would be nice if he apologized. We're not expecting that from somebody who threatens to beat people up."
Asked if Gutierrez wanted an apology, spokesman Scott Frotman said, "He's not going to ask Mr. Tancredo for an apology, but Mr. Tancredo may think about apologizing to all the immigrants that he scapegoats and ridicules."
I've heard that he also has ambitions to be mayor of Chicago. I can't believe that I'm saying this, but Daley looks good compared to him. But Mrs. Southside has her heart set on our moving to Indiana so, if Gutierez's ambitions are ever realized, we'll at least have safe harbor there.
It's an insane world where you have to take care lest you offend a criminal, but where the criminal is free to offend you at his leisure.
Thirty second? Your watch is fast by a factor of 10.
The people Luis Gutierrez is championing came here illegally. We are a nation of laws but Gutierrez thinks Hispanic people are above the law. And they've been encouraged to think this way by the multiculturalists and the business interests who want cheap labor
True but playing the race card is typical of the entire Open Borders Lobby, not just the Democrat wing.
Yes he would.
Under a little pressure the real racist Luis Gutierrez comes out. What a loon!
Give us an example, so we can see what you judge to merit that description.
A better picture would be Gutierrez and John McCain getting together, now that would be a sight for a sore eye.
You know, you may be right. I have noticed the days are going by much quicker than they used to.
We can fix that easily. Find all Americans (especially women) who lost a love one because they were killed by an illegal immigrant with no drivers license. You sic them on those pro illegal immigrant politicians and corporate advocates, and I guarantee they do not have a chance in hell. I know one who lost her college age daughter to an illegal with no drivers license. She would gladly rip another a$$hole in that Rat jerk.
"He wouldn't be a "loudmouth" if Bush would do his fricking job."
Ignore it. He's a Bush-bot who dislikes Tancredo because he dares have an outspoken position against something the untouchable president George Bush supports. That's all. I bet his idea of immigration "reform" is another amnesty, it's worked so well in the past (yeah right.)
Gutierrez is a racist. I remember thinking that when I watched him, Tancredo and Chris Cannon of Utah debate immigration back in 2005.
Thank You Bush for allowing this to foster and divide our country. What a president you are by allowing the left to use your own words in calling law abiding Americans "vigilantes".
This is going to get alot and I mean alot worse. Many mexicans who go to these illegal alien rallies are there to hurt and mame or least dressed and threaten so. They will think nothing of gang attacking anybody who opposeses them and like all liberals justify their hate by falsely claiming that you are the racist when all they care about is their race not the many races in America.
Welcome to the world of diversity and tolerance where liberals define what is to be tolerated and who meets the standard of being oppressed. The hate and division is only getting worse and deeper - can we be that far from a civil war?
"And Tom Tancredo is to immigration reform what Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson are to Christianity -- the sort of spokesman the other side loves.
Sure would be nice if folks would send grown-ups to Washington...."
Tom Tancredo has one of the finest voting records of anyone on the hill. The fact that he's willing to stick his head above the herd, and make a stand shows courage and character. We could use a couple hundred just like him in Washington.
I dislike Tancredo because he shouts too much, and draws too much attention to Mr. Tom Tancredo, to get any productive work done on the issue. Tancredo has been in Congress for a long time, and he's got very little to show for his hobby horse -- precisely because nobody can work with him.
bet his idea of immigration "reform" is another amnesty, it's worked so well in the past (yeah right.)
I bet you're full of crap....
BS you full of crap. Tom Tancredo has been successful in bringing this issue to where it is now. He was way ahead of everyone else - and not afraid to buck the trend.
Hey Bushbot r9etb you might want to post on a thread where you can BN or bushie to show that you are a loyal rino.
Voting records are all very nice -- but the proof of the pudding in this case is in what legislation he's gotten passed on the matter..... His record is positively DISMAL on that score.
Why? Because he's a loudmouth and nobody wants to work with him.
My, my, my.... sassypants has her knickers in a twist today. Tancredo's your boy, all right.... LOL!
Tancredo didnt start this ahole ...if you have ever dealt with these radical racist illegal proponent bas*&ds you would know what Im talking about. If you try to discuss the issue they will alway revert to name calling.
Raul Grijalva is very much like Guiterrez - both are radical socialist white haters. Grijalva is much more open about his hate. Do not give these people a pass they are the reason we are so divided on this issue.
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