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Tarkanian’s Racist Rhetoric

The Nevada Independent article on the Nevada Senate primary race indicates how this might be a referendum on Donald Trump if Perpetual Candidate Danny Tarkanian  has his way.  However, the portion of Trumpism to which Tarkanian the Lesser is clinging most vociferously is one of the least attractive — good old fashioned racism and xenophobia.

“He also laid out his priority on immigration policy, saying he supported the president’s effort to build a wall along with border with Mexico, and wanted to see an end to chain migration, expressed opposition to the concept of birthright citizenship and expansion of the E-verify system used to root out undocumented workers from the labor pool.

“I do not think that anyone who came to our country illegally should be provided with the greatest gift our country has to offer — citizenship,” he said.” [NVIndy]

There are several items to unpack from this mashup of racist rhetoric.  And it is racist.  Do I see any reference to securing the northern border?  No. This is all about that southern border, the one we share with Mexico. The one over which at the present time we have a net zero immigration from Mexico.  However, as we all know this argument isn’t about net migration statistics — it’s about the US becoming entirely too brownish. Too many phone centers offering instructions and information in Spanish, too many Spanish speaking people in the supermarket, too many Hispanic people holding jobs, having children, buying houses, and sending their kids to school. Too many monolingual white Americans “feeling uncomfortable.”

One of the inferences deserving of additional notice is the concept Tarkanian introduces of the Gift (of living in America) or (applying for American citizenship.)  There isn’t much difference between this concept and the less attractive version, “I got mine now you try to get yours sucker.”

Lost in this version of the immigration issue is the notion that immigrants bring their gifts to the United States.   Einstein was an immigrant.   Accepted not every immigrant is an Einstein, however, if a person happens to be putting yogurt on the breakfast cereal or in the blender with some fruit — perhaps a nod to Hamdi Ulukaya might be in order. He’s the Kurdish ex-sheepherder who popularized Chobani.  Using Google today?  Thank another immigrant Sergey Brin.  And by the way, should one be clad in the most popular American article of clothing — denim jeans — thank another immigrant Levi Strauss.  At this point one the right wingers bluster something like “we’re not talking about those kinds of people, we’re talking about — you know, the ‘others.”

There are at least a couple of ways to perceive this rebuttal. First, as a bit of good old fashioned racism — “they” are brown skinned, Spanish speakers… and, secondly ‘they’ are ‘working class.’  Read: Less than a bonus to American society.  Except as reported last summer and fall, there were vegetables rotting in California fields because of a lack of experienced farm workers to harvest them.  Growers offered higher wages, and there were still shortages of farm workers with the expertise to know what to pick and when to pick it.   Just a few hours ago the Ventura, CA newspaper was asking a grower about the recent crop report, his response:

“I wouldn’t say that it’s been a good few years, but it’s been OK for us,” Tamai said. “I would just say that it’s getting more difficult (and) it’s getting more expensive to grow in the county. It’s pretty pricey here, and there’s always a fight for enough labor.”

Thus much for the immigrant farm workers, (and retail clerks, and restaurant workers, and hotel maids, and pool service workers, and home health aides, and medical technicians, and delivery drivers….) not being a ‘bonus’ to the American way of life.  Unfortunately, the only way to rationalize the idea that immigrants are a “burden’ is to see them as non-productive human beings, instead of witnessing and recognizing the economic value of their work, and appreciating the value of the cultural additions they bring to the country.  There’s nothing new about this contemporary rendition of the old Know Nothings who decried Irish and German migrations.  The era, the languages, and the clothing may change, but it’s the same old racist rant.

Another point in Tarkanian’s disturbing comments needs a mention:  We do have a `14th Amendment,” for a reason.  “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States, and of the State in which they reside..”

That’s all persons.  And if Tarkanian the Lesser is calling for the end of the 14th Amendment he might need to come to the understanding this means African Americans, who were to be made citizens not only of the US but also of the states which formerly allowed chattel slavery.   There’s usually a stammer or two from advocates of abolishing the 14th Amendment about merely modifying the Amendment when this point come up. Modify it how?  The devil is indeed in the details, and one of the details involves how one perceives babies.   Advocates of amending the Amendment often cite “abuses relating to anchor babies.”  The term itself in inherently offensive.

“Children are widely seen as innocent and pure … yet there is an unspoken racial element there, for children of color are all too often pictured as criminals or welfare cheats in training,” said Haney Lopez, author of “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked The Middle Class.”

Dog whistle is a term used to describe coded language that means one thing in general but has an additional meaning for a targeted population.

The racializing of children of color is “the ignoble tradition that finds voice in the phrase ‘anchor babies,’ which tarnishes even the tiniest infant with the stain of being one of ‘them,’ the dark and dangerous who invade our society,” Haney Lopez said.” [NBC]

We could do without the epithets like ‘anchor baby’ and related emissions from the racist bull horns.  Or we might ask: Does Tarkanian the Lesser think infants are tiny nefarious invaders?”

Sadly, there is an audience for Tarkanian’s racist campaign rhetoric.  They are white, they are frustrated, they are racists, and they will applaud his rantings.  They will vote for him because he will say aloud what they’ve been thinking — Mexicans are drug dealers (as the Chinese were characterized more than a century ago) — Mexicans are a burden to society (as the Irish were a century and a half ago) — Mexicans are filling up our neighborhoods (like the Eastern European Jews and Italians of the early 20th century).

Racial revanchists have been among us since time out of mind — however, it would be nice to get through one election cycle without a blatant reminder of their proximity.

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Questions: Danny’s Trumpian Adventure

I wonder why perpetual Nevada candidate Danny Tarkanian believed having the infamous Sebastian Gorka assist with fundraising on December 19th was a good idea? [NVIndy]  Even if one’s plan is to be Trumpier than Trump, Gorka is perhaps not the best choice.  First, Gorka didn’t last as an official Trumper past August 25, 2017.  The circumstances were not entirely pleasant:

“Mr. Gorka also said that in fighting terrorism, white supremacists should not be a concern. He made the remarks shortly before the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., in which a man who was said to admire Adolf Hitler rammed his car into counterprotesters and left a woman dead.” [NYT]

Not surprising for a member of a radical right wing bunch of Hitler aficionados:

“Gorka is a top terrorism adviser to Trump; like Flynn, he has a long record of militant attitudes toward Islam, and like Flynn, his foreign ties are now coming under serious scrutiny. The Forward reports Thursday that officers of Vitézi Rend, an anti-Semitic, quasi-Nazi Hungarian nationalist group, say Gorka is a sworn member. Gorka wore a medal typically worn by Vitézi Rend members to a January 20 inauguration ball, but said at the time that it was a gesture honoring his late father. He has also at times referred to himself as Sebastian L. v. Gorka, using a “v.” initial employed by Vitézi Rend members.” [Atlantic]

Gorka wasn’t the only extreme character on the menu last December.  Enter Pastor Mark Burns. Burns had a “bit of a problem” with “embellishments” (ordinary people call these lies) on his resumé.  [CNN]  Uh, no, Pastor Burns did not get a Bachelors degree from North Greenville U., (he attended one semester) and no he doesn’t have a long and distinguished military career (more like four yrs in the SC National Guard, an organization separate from the Army Reserve.)  However, he’s a Trumper and Tarkanian seems happy to be associated with Trumpers.

If all this information was available ages ago, as the Trump Administration is measured in Dog Years, then why is Tarkanian clinging to the Bannon ring of the circus?

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The Eternal Sunshine of a Perpetual Gadfly Candidate’s Mind: Tarkanian takes on Heller

The son of a former UNLV basketball coach, and leading candidate for the Sharron Angle Perpetual Campaigner award, Danny Tarkanian — Trump supporter and right winger has decided to give Senator Dean Heller a primary.  This may allow Senator Heller room to reprise his “I’m a moderate” role — well, yes, if one is compared to the Perpetual Candidate who says on his Facebook Page: (Let’s add some commentary– in red)

“Over the past several weeks, I have been inundated with text, emails, and phone calls from people of all walks of life across the state of Nevada who are upset with Dean Heller for campaigning one way in Nevada and voting the exact opposite in Washington DC. [This is interesting since Senator Heller has voted with Trump 89.6% of the time.]The refrain is the same: he turned his back on us.
Today, after much thought and discussion with my family and friends, I have decided to run for the United States Senate. [Here’s guessing he was waiting by the phone for the first call?] I am running for United States Senate because Nevada deserves a Senator who will keep his word and vote in Washington DC the same way he campaigns here in Nevada.  [Interesting since Heller tends to campaign as a moderate and vote as a conservative.]
I am a conservative Republican who supports the policies of President Trump to repeal Obamacare [And can we trust you have a PLAN to replace the ACA?] and end illegal immigration.  [Nothing like a flippant tip of the hat to gratuitous racism.] I will continue to support President Trump’s policies that have led to a 20% increase in the stock market in just six months. [continuing a market trend for the last umpteen quarters] I will join Senator Lee, Senator Cruz, and Senator Paul fighting for real reforms against the liberals in our party. [or, I intend to join the diehard purists in Congress who have contributed to gridlock; defining ‘liberal’ as anyone who isn’t carefully tucked into some corporate pocket…]
I look forward to campaigning across the state of Nevada [in perpetuity] and earning your support. It is time to take a stand. Together, we will make our state, and our country, proud.”

There’s more in the Nevada Independent.  <— well worth a click and read.

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Tarkanian and the Company He Keeps

Tarkanian Hardy Victory Committee

Dip into the Federal Elections Commission searchable database and there are all manner of interesting relationships revealed; such as the formation of the Hardy-Tarkanian Victory Committee on July 18, 2016. (pdf) Box “5g” is checked indicating that this is a “committee collecting contributions, paying fundraising expenses and disbursing net proceeds for two or more political committees/organizations, at least one of which is an authorized committee of a federal candidate.”  And, there’s a bonus: the treasurer is a familiar personage in Nevada politics – Chrissie Hastie.  We met Hastie in a previous life as part of the Nevada Jobs Coalition:

“That’s a PAC whose resident agent is Chrissie Hastie, and which shares its address with three other, similar PACs. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the coalition is run out of the offices of November Inc., the political consulting firm run by Sandoval adviser Mike Slanker.” [Sebelius] (9/22/14)

Or, we could go back a bit further to the complaints concerning how former Congressman Jon Porter was accepting questionable donations in 2002.

Democrats cried foul when Porter’s campaign treasurer, Chrissie Hastie, wrote back to the FEC on June 5 stating that she believes the campaign is compliant because it is in the process of sorting out why the donor sent in more than the permitted amount.

Hastie stated that each of the suspect contributions was either listed as a redesignation/reattribution, or was designated as “seeking redesignation/ reattribution.” In the latter case, the amended donation description is due when the candidate files the next quarterly report.

The new quarterly report, filed Monday, does show two refunds for a total of $500 and outlines how the questioned contributions are reattributed or redesignated. [Las Vegas Sun]

However, the most interesting question may not be how Tarkanian gets tied to a PAC treasurer from the Porter Era, but why he’s the least bit interested in joint fundraising with Cresent Hardy – he of the Bundy Flap Fame.

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Swinging through the Swing State: Nevada Roundup

Rep. Joe “Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme” Heck (R-NV3) and his Democratic opponent John Oceguera took part in a campaign debate in which Rep. Heck, unable to speak to his record on women’s issues, took it upon himself to remind voters for the umpteenth hundredth time that Mr. Oceguera retired early as a firefighter.  [LV Sun] [Nevada Progressive]

Remember when? “At the October 11 debate, Joe Heck looked into the camera and told the audience in no uncertain terms that he supports a woman’s right to choose in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the woman is in jeopardy.  Unfortunately, his voting record does not reflect that claim.  On July 31, Heck voted for H.R.3803, a bill banning abortion care after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C. – a proposal that has no exception in cases of rape or incest.” [NRDC]

Republican Danny “Do You Recognize My Last Name” Tarkanian is pleased to tell us that ‘higher education is not a right,’ and anyway we can’t afford to help young people go to college “in this economy” (translation: because we can’t ask millionaires and billionaires to pay Clinton era tax rates). [NV Progressive]

Mr. Tarkanian also appears to have glommed onto the Balanced Budget Amendment Hoax of the Season.  Review: This is a really silly really really bad idea as explained here, and here, and here.

The Sin City Siren has a handy voting reference post for Nevada voters.  Official information on voting and early voting can be found at the Secretary of State’s office website here.   Volunteering opportunities available here at Progress Now Nevada.

The Mourdockian Controversy spills into Nevada politics, as described in Slash/Politics here and here.   Is Heller the Mourdockian Candidate?

Note this statement from the Nevada Democratic Party:

“Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s reprehensible remarks about rape are demeaning and insulting to all women.  Yet, Mitt Romney refuses to demand the extreme candidate pull down the TV ad featuring his endorsement and Senator Dean Heller has been silent on the offensive remarks.  This should come as no surprise given that Mitt Romney, Dean Heller and Richard Mourdock hold the same extreme views on women from taking away a women’s right to choose, defunding Planned Parenthood, opposing equal pay for equal work and restricting access to basic health services like birth control, mammograms and cervical cancer screenings.”

Senator By Appointment Only Dean Heller’s record on women’s issues is given an in depth treatment by his opponent, Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV1) — actions do speak louder than words.

The Damned Pundit opines:

“Probably because his advisers told him it would be good for his own political future if he stands with the team now, and not just Romney-Ryan but the Nevada Republicans who are running for things. And one of those Republicans, Dean Heller, was on television the other night saying that he thinks President Romney should nominate Sandoval to the U.S. Supreme Court. Perhaps Sandoval thinks a little political support now wouldn’t hurt on that front.

Well, Heller’s a bit dim. Unless and until Sandoval renounces his pro-choice position, Obama is more likely to appoint Sandoval to the bench than Romney is.”

Well said.

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