Israel: Elements of Republican Base ‘Animated By Racism’

by Emily Cahn, Roll Call
April 14, 2014

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Sunday “not all” of his Republican colleagues are racist.

In a joint appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union“ with National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon, the New York Democrat was asked by host Candy Crowley whether he agreed with recent comments by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that race played a factor in an immigration overhaul not being brought up for a vote in the House and whether he thought his GOP colleagues are racist.

“Not all of them, no, of course not,” Israel said. “But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that’s unfortunate.”

Asked if comments about race by Pelosi and Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as the “war on women” rhetoric from Democrats last week, were about getting the base out to vote in November, Israel said, “We don’t need to get our base out, because frankly, we’re ready to pass an immigration bill. We’d rather pass an immigration bill than worry about the election.”

The joint interview also touched on the midterm elections, what else Congress will get done this year, the Republican brand and a recent congressional scandal.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CTH says:

    How have the democrps been able to collect such a conglomeration of dumbasses lie Steve Israel. I suppose it is like a collection of scarab beetles.

  • CforUS says:

    Israel might as well joing the chorus of “Dingy” Harry Reid and Nancy “Oddball” Pelosi claiming republicans as being racist. I say let them go for it. The longer and more often they speak on the subject, the more bizare they become. I think we should, no, we need a daily quote from both Reid and Pelosi. Especially Pelosi. She gives a black eye to a black eye. Ooops, is that racist?

  • BH says:

    “We’d rather pass an immigration bill than worry about the election.” LOL Are you kidding me!? The Democrat Party is in constant campaign mode, from Obama on down. All of their comments about the GOP being little more than bigots and racist is nothing but an attempt to pump up their base. They know that they have nothing to run on because ALL of their policies have failed. From the Democrat Party’s Obamacare (remember, without a willing Congress, Obama’s ideas would be nothing more than that, ideas, no laws.), to Benghazi, to supporting the wrong sides in the Arab spring, the IRS scandal, to Obama’s lies…. the list goes on, all failures. That’s why they need to pump up their base.

  • John Henry says:

    Israel is a fool …

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