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Not On My Watch: Congressman Luis Gutierrez Blasts Steve King For Racist Comments

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In a strongly worded and impassioned speech in front of Congress, Latino Congressional Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) reprimanded congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) for making several racist comments this past week.

But he didn’t stop there: he took other Republicans to task for normalizing the Iowa congressman’s racism.

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CREDIT: Credit: C-SPAN

On Thursday morning, Rep. Gutierrez delivered some of the most scathing political sarcasm heard in a long time when he spoke of Rep. King’s tweets supporting Geert Wilders, a Prime Ministerial candidate from the Netherlands:

“My staff is smart enough to keep the launch codes secret from me so that when I say something, we find the right words to express what I want to say, and occasionally, very occasionally, I have a chance to cool down before I fire off a tweet. But this week we learned that one of our colleagues doesn’t have a reasonable staff person who helps him think through his tweets.”

#BURN

Btw, Wilders placed second in Netherlands’ election for Prime Minister.

Here is one of Wilders’ tweets:

Rep. Gutierrez called Wilders an “anti-Muslim nationalist candidate in Holland who is running on an explicitly White supremacist platform, anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-refugee, anti-people of color, this candidate is the full White nationalist package.”

Also if “Geert Wilders” doesn’t sound like a villain’s name, I don’t know what does.

The tweet in question shows Steve King pledging outright support for Wilders’ ideas:

“Our civilization.” Hm, dique.

Gutierrez focused on those who won’t speak up against the normalization of racism.

Gutierrez called out other Republicans for their silence on the matter, which he believes helps normalize hateful rhetoric.

Gutierrez went on to air out more dirty laundry:

He stated that Rep. King was being supported by Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who retweeted King’s comments. Rep. Gutierrez continued, discussing an interview with Jan Mickelson on 1040 WHO where King predicted that “Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other” before causing White people to become minorities in this country.

He ends powerfully by addressing those who have yet to speak out against Rep. Steve King’s tweets and comments:

“Saying that black and brown people will be fighting each other and saying that non-white people are somehow someone else’s babies and children, and are not our children, the children of a nation that believes all men are created equal, well that is not normal. And the American people will not accept the silence of the majority party when one of their own speaks out in this way, I’m waiting for the censure, the denunciations and the rebukes, but I suspect I’ll be waiting a long time.”

Check the speech in its entirety:

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Two Sisters And Their Friends Were Asked For Proof Of Residency Before They Could Order Lunch

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Two Sisters And Their Friends Were Asked For Proof Of Residency Before They Could Order Lunch

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“Can I see your proof of residency?”

That’s what Diana Carrillo, her sister Brenda, and two friends were asked during lunch last week at Saint Marc Pub-Café in Huntington Beach, Calif. At first, the four women thought it was a joke. According to Carillo, the waiter responded by saying, “I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you.” Carillo told Los Angeles Times that the waiter made no verbal or facial signs that he was joking and in that moment, she felt judged and shocked that he would ask them that question. Rather than make a fuss in the restaurant, Carrillo and her friends spoke to the manager and declined an offer to be seated in a new section and chose to leave.

Carrillo shared her experience on Facebook and more than 1,500 people have shared it.

A few friends and I went to Saint Marc’s in Huntington Beach today. My sister and my friend were seated first and the…

Posted by Diana Carrillo on Saturday, March 11, 2017

“A few friends and I went to Saint Marc’s in Huntington Beach today. My sister and my friend were seated first and the waiter asked them for their ‘proof of residency’ when they ordered a drink,” Diana wrote on Facebook. “My friend in disbelief repeated what he said and his response was ‘yeah, I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you.’ Not knowing that this happened to them, my friend and I were then seated and he returned to the table and asked us for our ‘proof of residency.’ After fully digesting what he said, we all got up and left to speak to the manager. For a few seconds I thought maybe he was being a smart ass or joking but the fact that he said ‘I need to make sure you’re from here before I serve you’ was completely unacceptable. How many others has he said this too? I hope this employee is reprimanded for his actions. No establishment should tolerate discriminatory actions from their employees. PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!”

The group was offered a VIP experience and the restaurant offered to donate 10 percent of the weekend’s proceeds to a charity of their choice.

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CREDIT: Saint Marc Pub-Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage / Facebook

Carrillo and the rest of her party declined Saint Marc’s offer to return to the restaurant. Diana asked for Saint Marc to donate proceeds to the Orange County Immigrant Youth organization. According to The Washington Post, the waiter implicated in the situation has been fired from the restaurant.

“I don’t know if he had an agenda or not,” Kent Bearden, the senior director of operations at Saint Marc, told The Washington Post. “My concern is he violated a company policy. We’re very specific about how we treat our guests. That individual did not treat a table of guests to the expectations that we set forth in that company policy, and that caused him to be terminated.”


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