It’s clear that immigration hardliners just can’t seem to stop attacking Judge Sotomayor, the President’s nominee for the highest court in the United States, on race. Tancredo calls the President’s nominee a “racist” and the largest latino civil rights organization in the United States, NCLR, a quote-unquote: “Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses.” What’s not clear is how these absurd and incendiary remarks help their cause one bit.
This week, departing only slightly from his anti-immigrant agenda, Krikorian annointed himself a key leader in the GOP opposition to the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Krikorian’s main line of attack against Sotomayor? It wasn’t about her immigration-related rulings, or even her experience or capacity as a judge. Nope, he took offense at how she pronounces her name. Seriously. Today’s new report highlights five facts you should know about Krikorian.
Under Krikorian, the Center for Immigration Studies, whose core mission is to reduce immigration to the United States, routinely blames immigrants for everything from “voter fraud” to “global warming.” Krikorian figures prominently in the network of anti-immigrant, extremist organizations founded by a man with clear ties to white nationalism: John Tanton.
Weekly feature by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger: “On Tuesday, President Obama announced Sonia Sotomayor as his pick to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Sotomayor could be the first Latina appointed to the Supreme Court. Predictably, attacks and slurs from the Right are already flying. Regardless, Sotomayor would be an excellent choice for the Supreme Court, signaling to Latino/as that the White House is aware of our need for more representation in government.”
He states that “Deferring to people’s own pronunciation of their names should obviously be our first inclination, but there ought to be limits.” The piece was so ridiculous it earned instant fame in the netroots as the most inane and ridiculous criticism of Sotomayor to date, and earned him the dubious distinction of being named by MSNBC’s Keith Olberman as “The Worst Person in the World”.
In the wake of divisive immigration wedge politics that left the GOP abandoned by Latino voters, cooler heads within the Party have called for a ceasefire and for more and better Hispanic outreach. Well, enter the Sotomayor debate: “Anything in this must-see Latino political event resembling the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has been Sessions’ trademark will cost his party for years to come. Such concerns about GOP leaders among Latinos, who are only beginning to realize their enormous political potential, pose a gigantic dilemma to a Republican Party that must make inroads among Latino voters if it is to have a political future.”