Why is a Karl Rove ad citing a Heritage study from the guy who once claimed that Latinos have low IQs?
Karl Rove is a noted supporter of immigration reform. Yet more than once this election season, groups funded by him have attacked Democratic candidates by going after them in decidedly anti-immigrant ways. In Kentucky, a Rove-backed PAC is blasting Alison Grimes for supporting immigration reform, or as they call it, the “Obama-Grimes Amnesty Plan.” And now American Crossroads, a group that Rove founded, is attacking the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Iowa, Bruce Braley, by citing a famously panned Heritage Foundation study on immigration reform.
Last year, after the Senate immigration bill was released but before it was voted on, the Heritage Foundation released a flawed study finding that immigration reform would cost billions, a finding that was at odds with the CBO’s projection that the bill would save billions. The validity of the Heritage study was thrown was thrown into enormous question when it was revealed that one of its authors, Jason Richwine, had once written a dissertation claiming that immigrants and Latinos inherently have lower IQs than native whites. Richwine was forced to resign from the Heritage Foundation shortly afterward, and the Foundation itself disavowed the study.
So why is Karl Rove’s group now citing such a flawed report, written by a thoroughly discredited extremist?
Watch the ad below: