Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine may have just been announced as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, but it didn’t take long for him to cop to an old presidential campaign tradition – speaking lines in Spanish in a condescending manner to win the Hispanic vote.
According to Breitbart, Kaine actually is fluent in Spanish from his time working as a missionary in Honduras. However, while he may have become by his Spanish legitimately instead of reading it out phonetically, what he said in the language was just as sinister as it would have been had he said it in English.
“Bienvenidos a todos,” Kaine told the crowd in Miami on Saturday.
“¿Bienvenidos a todos en nuestro pais, verdad? ¡Porque somos Americanos todos!”
It is worth pointing out he said “bienvenidos a todos” slower, more knowingly the second time. As you can see here:
A roundup of Sen. Tim Kaine showing off his Spanish during today’s rally in Miami pic.twitter.com/ApWWXGl2dK
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) July 23, 2016
Why is that? Well, Kaine didn’t translate, and for good reason. Here’s what Kaine actually said: “Welcome to all. Welcome to all in our country, right? Because we’re all Americans!”
In other words, anyone in our country physically is classified as an American by Kaine, no matter what their legal status, how they’ve got here, or what they’ve done.
This basically means that Tim Kaine believes anyone who immigrates illegally from Central or South America and would be likely to vote Democrat were they to be made citizens should be made citizens, because they are all Americans and they all deserve amnesty.
Kaine also said a number of other things in Spanish, none of them arguing well for an America where immigration laws are enforced and where our border security will be determined independently of cynical political concerns.
“In our administration, in the first 100 days, we’ll put forward a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship,” he told the Miami audience.
He also advised Americans to visit a naturalization ceremony.
“When you go to services, and you see these people’s desire to join this great country, you’ll basically have this pretty amazing thought,” the Virginia senator said. “Anybody who loves America this much deserves to be here, deserves to be here.”
If you’re a resident of a border state, you can save yourself a bit of time and just go down to the border to watch human smugglers whisking people across. After all, in Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton’s America, merely crossing into the United States – no matter how you do it – would be just as good as a naturalization ceremony.