Lou Dobbs: Illegal Landscaper at Fla. Home ‘May Have Happened’
October 8, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—-Lou Dobbs, incendiary blowhard, known for his xenophobic rhetoric against “illegal aliens” and his promotion of birther conspiracies, has been tagged by The Nation magazine as, an “American Hypocrite” in an explosive new piece exposing a number of undocumented immigrants laboring on his posh Florida estate and caring for his prized show horses, for years. Dobbs, who has deliberately toned down his extremist right-wing rhetoric this past year, with public office in mind, denied the report, saying last night on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. “I have hired no illegal immigrants.” But the Nation’s report makes no such claim, rather that contractors doing business with Dobbs have hired undocumented workers. And Dobbs is a hypocrite because he has railed for years on CNN and his radio show against contractors hiring illegal workers. Eventually, during last night’s show, Dobbs admitted that an illegal landscaper “may have” labored on his property, but not before hurling insults towards the Nation’s Isabel McDonald, calling her report a “hit job.”
“Dobbs has heaped scorn on the government for using contractors that hire undocumented immigrants. On CNN in 2007, he called private firms that oppose verification requirements for their contractors’ employees “ridiculous.” Yet interviews with several such employees show that Dobbs has been far from vigilant about the status of workers laboring on his own properties.”
The exchange between McDonald and Dobbs on O’Donnell’s Last Word, became heated at times, with Dobbs doing his best to cloud the issue, in between lobbing attacks and whining that McDonald failed to report in her piece how he has been devoting his time this past year to finding a “rational, effective, humane immigration policy.”
McDonald wasn’t moved by his claim of altruism and neither was O’Donnell.
“Well, what they’re calling you on this case is a hypocrite if you did that. You do, what I’m agreeing to is you absolutely didn’t commit a crime if you did that. I’m agreeing to that. But when you take to the pulpit and preach what you preached you got to be, you got to understand why people think this is a hypocritical outcome,” said O’Donnell.
Dobbs finally acknowledged that undocumented workers may have worked on his Florida estate.
“The only person who would have been an illegal in any context would have been a landscaper who was working for the contractor working on my house in Florida. That may have happened,” said Dobbs.
Dobbs then whined about being held “to a different and higher standard…”
No, Lou, only the same impossible standard you have tried to hold everyone else to.
Watch the videos here.