McCain Refers to Hispanics as "You People" During Meeting, Says National Journal Magazine
Senator John McCain grew visibly angry during a discussion about immigration issues with Hispanic business leaders, telling them "you people" made the choice in the presidential election, says a report by the National Journal Magazine.
A spokesman for McCain called the accusation a form of "character assassination," but the alleged quotes from the senator seem to speak for themselves:
"He was angry," one source said. "He was over the top. In some cases, he rolled his eyes a lot. There were portions of the meeting where he was just staring at the ceiling, and he wasn't even listening to us. We came out of the meeting really upset."
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McCain's message was obvious, the source continued: After bucking his party on immigration, he had no sympathy for Hispanics who are dissatisfied with President Obama's pace on the issue. "He threw out [the words] 'You people -- you people made your choice. You made your choice during the election,' " the source said. "It was almost as if [he was saying] 'You're cut off!' We felt very uncomfortable when we walked away from the meeting because of that."
Ironically, the meeting in the Capitol's Strom Thurmond Room was a Republican effort to "reach out" to Hispanics.
A quote from Republican Senator Mel Martinez of Florida seems to echo the allegation:
"What I saw... was John McCain saying, 'Look, I didn't get a lot of support from the Hispanic community,' which he deserved to have had," Martinez said. "It frustrated me. It frustrated him. [McCain said,] 'You guys thought this guy [Obama] was going to be your savior. Where is his leadership?' I sort of echo that. It's not like [the meeting] went badly, I don't think."
Didn't go badly? It's hard to imagine the meeting going worse without a guest appearance by Mesa State Senator Russell Pearce.