Skip to comments.GOP demands apology for Obama campaign manager's 'chimichanga' tweet
Posted on 02/15/2012 12:43:45 PM PST by ColdOne
Republicans are demanding an apology Wednesday from President Obama's campaign manager after a tweet that they argue was insulting toward Latino Americans.
Jim Messina, who is helming the president's reelection effort, tweeted a line from a column written by The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, in which he argues that Republicans will struggle to attract the Latino vote after coming out against the DREAM immigration reform act.
"Line of the day from WAPO's Dana Milbank: 'The chimichanga? It may be the only thing Republicans have left to offer Latinos,' " Messina tweeted.
But the comments drew rebuke from Republicans, who argued the reference to the deep-fried burrito was culturally insensitive.
"The fact that the campaign manager of President Obama's reelection campaign thinks it's appropriate to disseminate insulting jokes about the Hispanic community is a perfect example of the kind of empty rhetoric that characterizes this White House's so-called outreach to Latinos. We demand that Mr. Messina immediately apologize and we ask that President Obama disavow his campaign manager's ridiculous statement," said Jennifer Sevilla Korn, executive director of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Network, in a statement.
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Yup, this is the level of maturity that our political parties have reached .... I've seen this level of debate and intellectual horsepower watching an arbitrary group of 8 yr olds debate who is cooler, "Spiderman" or "Ironman". (Ironman, obviously).
I don't know which side to slap first - trouble is that I think if I started slapping these politicians for their childlike squabbles, I don't think I could stop.
The GOP should leave the race baiting and apology demanding to the Democrats.
Not racist when Dems say it.....(Do I need to even bother with the “if this was a Republican”?) Dang now I’ve lost my train of thought MMMMMM Chimichangas! LOL
Agreed. Its a waste of time because we know the democrats aren’t going to apologize for it and hispanics aren’t terribly offended by it.
This is our leadership? This is what they squawk about?! Look at the state of this country, the world...we are so screwed.
Chimmichanga is not Mexican food, it’s Texmex
Seriously GOP get on the house and senate floor and repeal Obamacare and stop voting for tax increases, dumb asses.
Can someone 'splain this to me? Is using the word "chimichanga" in reference to Latinos the same thing as using the word "watermelon" in reference to African-Americans? Are other ethnic food prodcuts equally offensive to Latinos? Can we say "taco" or "tortilla", or are those words indications of racism too?
I'm never sure which food items are offensive to which races.
According to one source, the founder of the Tucson, Arizona, restaurant El Charro, Monica Flin, accidentally dropped a pastry into the deep fat fryer in 1922. She immediately began to utter a Spanish curse-word beginning “chi...” (chingada), but quickly stopped herself and instead exclaimed chimichanga, a Spanish equivalent of thingamajig. Fortuitously, the euphemism was a well understood Indianism for the standard Spanish “chango quemado”, meaning “burnt monkey”
And the Latino voters turned around to the Democrats and said, “Kick me again to show you really love me.”
I'm personally offended by the words "brussel sprouts".
I’m German. If you offend me, I round you and everyone like you up and send you off for extermination.
Another thing I'm perpetually confused about is what word to use when describing certain races. Is it now more PC to use "African-American", or is it better to use "black"?
I'm still trying to figure out the difference between "Hispanic" and "Latino", and in what circumstances it might be offensive to use one or the other. While trying to find that answer on google, I learned that the word "Chicano", when describing Mexican-Americans, is highly offensive. Actually the term "Mexican-American" might be offensive too, but I'm not sure about that.
I attended K-12 in the San Diego area a few decades ago. It was an upper-middleclass area with a significant minority of Mexican-American students. All the way through middle school, we were "educated" to use the term "Mexican-American" to respectfully describe those classmates without offense. By the time I got to high school, we were re-educated to understand that the new, politically correct term for those students was "Chicano". There was even an elective course called "Chicano Studies" that we were encouraged to take in order to increase our cultural sensitivity.
Now, according to this site, you should never use the word "Chicano" because it's disrespectful, and intended to demean and insult.
Heck, if it weren't for fear of offending you, I might just give up and call everyone a brussel sprout.
I worked a demolition job once with a black guy we nicknamed Pork Chop, and he didn't care for it at all.
He brown-bagged it every day, nothing but pork chop sandwiches, bone-in, between slices of bread. Every day. We just about had to nickname him Pork Chop!
Our foreman was the boss' son, white, and his nickname was Chapstick. He always was either in the truck or in the shade, and he thought he was God's gift to rock and roll...hair pick in one hand and Chapstick in the other. He never got dirty.
“I don’t know which side to slap first - trouble is that I think if I started slapping these politicians for their childlike squabbles, I don’t think I could stop.”
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Oh, dear. I’m a uniquely “American” mix of English, Scottish, Welch, French, Irish, and a smattering of German and Native American, courtesy of all 4 branches of the family tree being among the earliest settlers to this country. I was raised to refer to myself as “Heinz 57”. Now I’m thinking that since “Heinz” is a German name, that’s probably offensive too.
Wonderful stories! Be careful where you tell them now. :-)
The chimichanga may have Mexican ancestry but it was born in the USA.
So he is say that the only thing the Republicans is offering Latinos is to become Americanized.
Why does he say that like it is a bad thing?
Chimichanga? Chickamauga? If the RAT operator had been thinking clearly, he would just say he meant Chickamuga and intended it as an insult to crackers. After all, Chickamuga was just a speed bump that delayed Sherman’s march into Georgia and its perfectly OK to insult crackers.
We demand that Mr. Messina immediately apologize and we ask that President Obama disavow his campaign manager’s ridiculous statement,” —Shouldn’t they be saying We demand that Mr. Messina immediately apologize and we ask that President Obama disavow his campaign racist manager’s ridiculous statement,”
I prefer the term "trans-vegetable". ;-)
Brussel Sprouts, isn’t that a derogatory term for Belgians?
I s’pose it’s not as bad as “phlegms” or “fat, miserable Belgian Bastards.”
“Chimichanga” is kind of a humorous-sounding word, but this guy managed to make a very unfunny statement out of it. Do us a favor and don’t quit your day job.