Scandal may be just the card that will cause Robert Menendez to be 86’d from the U.S. Congress where he has represented New Jersey (in the House and Senate) since 1993, but that hasn’t stopped him from attempting to play the race card at least a few more times.
In response to Trump’s decision to wind-down DACA in six months pending Congressional action, Senator Menendez has released a statement that argues the decision wasn’t due to the unconstitutionality of the DACA executive order, but rather based on race:
“President Trump promised to do right by our nation’s DREAMers, but with this decision he has chosen once again to cloak his presidency with a white nationalist flag instead of the diverse fabric of our multicultural American society.”
Of course, Trump has made abundantly clear that he has no intention of doing away with DACA, or deporting DACA recipients – only that DACA will be “revisited” at the end of the six month period, and that “no action” will be taken before that time expires:
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2017
But let’s not let these facts stop Menendez stop when he’s on a roll.
This is far from the first time Menendez – one of only four Hispanics currently in the Senate – has “cloaked” his anti-Trump declarations with charges of racism.
When Trump was a candidate, Menendez called on his Republican colleagues to denounce Trump’s “racist rants” following Trump’s attack on Mexican-American judge Gonzalo Curiel.
Later, after Trump became president and repeated his promise to build a border wall, Menendez stated that “Donald Trump started his campaign by calling Mexicans rapists and murderers, and he is shamefully starting his presidency by declaring open season on immigrants and refugees, and making taxpayers foot the bill for his nativist impulses.”
Smearing efforts against illegal immigration as a racist crusade against Hispanics is clearly old hat for Menendez, who has benefitted greatly from New Jersey’s Hispanic voters as well as support from national Hispanic organizations.
And he’ll need that support to continue, especially as reports emerging from his corruption trail reveals that love for his Hispanic people extends to underage Dominican hookers.
Meanwhile it should be pointed out to the senator that illegal immigration places a burden upon his state’s taxpayers of over $2 billion dollars a year. And many of those taxpayers are Hispanic as well.