GOP Candidate Endorsed by David Duke, Attacks Dem Kanjorski as Racist (Video)
June 25, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Making the rounds of the blogoshpere today is an edited video of Paul Kanjorski’s (D-PA) remarks made at a financial reform bill conference committee meeting. Kanjorski was making a spirited defense of a proposed foreclosure relief program for low-income Americans. While pushing back against Republican criticism that the program would serve as a handout to undeserving minorities who signed up for mortgages they can’t afford, Kanjorski seemed to suggest that minorities are not “average, good American people.” The edited clip of his comments was posted on the right-wing website Human Events yesterday. And his Republican opponent for his congressional seat in Pennsylvania, the odious nativist Lou Barletta, who was endorsed by David Duke in 2008, is running with the story, trying to portray Kanjorski as a racist. Quite the irony.
Republicans have long advanced the false narrative that the housing crisis was caused by minorities taking out large sub-prime mortgages they couldn’t afford with the help of ACORN. The fact that greedy Wall Street speculators turned the mortgages into questionable exotic instruments, or that scammy mortgage brokers preyed on home buyers, doesn’t matter to the GOP when there is a minority bogeyman like ACORN to blame.
In any event, below are Kanjorski’s full comments, with a video clip showing the context of his remarks, including a link to the complete audio file:
“We’re giving relief to people that I deal with in my office every day now unfortunately. But because of the longevity of this recession, these are people — and they’re not minorities and they’re not defective and they’re not all the things you’d like to insinuate that these programs are about — these are average, good American people.”
Kanjorski spokesperson Abigail McDonough, says Republican critics are taking the congressman’s words out of context:
“Congressman Kanjorski is fighting for all Americans who are struggling,” she said. “Any statement saying otherwise is grossly misinformed. She said Kanjorski refuses to apologize for the remark, stating that the full statement “speaks for itself and doesn’t take the Congressman’s remarks out of context.”
The full audio file is available here.
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