Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s immigration policy Thursday calling it “racist” and “horrific.”
After the “Rising Stars” presentation at the RNC Summer Meeting in Boston on Thursday, Preibus was asked about Romney’s remark that undocumented immigrants should self-deport during a GOP debate in Tampa in January 2012, reported Brett LoGiurato of Business Insider.
"Using the word 'self-deportation' — it's a horrific comment to make," Priebus responded. "I don't think it has anything to do with our party. When someone makes those comments, obviously, it's racist."
He was also asked to comment on Iowa Rep. Steve King’s remark that immigrants have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”
“Well, of course, it’s hurtful,” Priebus conceded. “Of course, it hurts … Just, not good.”
At the summer meeting on Wednesday, a Republican African American woman asked Priebus and former House speaker Newt Gingrich why black voters go ignored.
“I mean, everybody’s talking about Hispanics,” the woman said, “but African-Americans built this country, and continue to be ignored by everybody. And since we’re no longer the largest minority, we get pushed to the bottom.”
“Are you really listening to the people who are being pushed down, who are being disenfranchised, who don’t have a pot to whatever in and a window to throw it out of?” she asked them both.
Priebus remained silent on the issue, while Gingrich answered her.
“I would just suggest to you,” Gingrich said, “we ought to be in the business of liberating every African-American, every Asian-American, every Latino-American small business man or woman.”