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Mexican migrant worker Javier Gonzalez and his wife Guadalupe pick watermelons in Dome Valley near Yuma, Arizona June 18, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Scuteri
If you see this guy and think "wetback", you are a Republican.
Time for that daily check-in on the GOP's supposed efforts to stop being dicks to people who aren't white southern males so that perhaps they can start winning elections again. Let's go up to Alaska for the latest update:
'My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,' [Rep. Don Young] said. 'It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.'
Young has already apologized:
During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California. I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.
  1. Actually, that term is absolutely used in the same way nowadays—as a way to denigrate brown people from south of the border. That was the intent back when he first used it, and it's the same intent now when he used it again.
  2. His big mistake was forgetting the cameras were rolling. Oops.
  3. Fuck you, Don.
  4. If he knows that this term is not supposed to be used nowadays, then why did he use it?
  5. Seriously, fuck you Don.

Let's slot this one as another rebranding failure, which should make Sarah Palin super happy because god forbid the GOP stop talking about rapes and wetbacks. Doing so would be abandoning everything the Republican Party stands for.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 06:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos.

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