In both parties, it appears that politicians save the biggest whoppers for their own supporters. That makes sense. After all, they might butt heads with the opposing team but they get elected by winning over the votes of people who agree with them. Or at least, those gullible souls who can be fooled into thinking that they and the elected officials are actually on the same page.
The falsehoods get awfully thick when the issue of immigration comes up. Politicians are always trying to convince supporters that they’re something they’re not. For Republicans, that means a lot of chest-thumping about getting tough on the border. For Democrats, it means professing a willingness to find a way for the undocumented to stay in the United States.
Think for a moment about what Hillary Clinton said during a recent Democratic debate co-hosted by Univision and The Washington Post. In response to questioning by moderators Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, who repeatedly tried to pin her down on whether she planned to continue President Obama’s deportation juggernaut, Clinton at first tried to duck the question. But eventually, she gave in and provided an answer that was unbelievable, unrealistic and unhelpful.
Before I tell you what she said, here is some context to explain why she said it.
By Ruben Navarrette for abqjournal.com
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