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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Florida’s Tea Party has a new plan for Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the man they helped turboboost to national prominence in 2010 by supporting him over moderate Charlie Crist in the GOP primary.

They’re going to recall Florida’s junior senator because he’s been a leader on comprehensive immigration reform.

“They’re done with him,” radio host KrisAnne Hall told National Review Online. “They’re not voting for him and they’re angry. They’re angry because they feel they’ve been deceived.”

The only problem is that Florida law doesn’t allow U.S. senators to be recalled.

So Hall is pushing for legislation that will allow for a recall. Then Rubio will get his. Suuuure.

The Republican Party has two giant problems when it comes to immigration: 1) The people who are paying attention, including the Hispanic media, know that the Senate has a passed a bill that could pass the House if Speaker Boehner would just allow a vote on it; and 2) Many of the loudest voices opposing reform are the exact reason Republican donors are so eager to pass reform now.

Last Friday at a Capitol Hill rally organized by a white nationalist, some of that old-fashioned racism so often prevalent in anti-immigration movements began to bare its yellowed teeth.

“These great Americans who built this country,” said Ken Crow, the former head of Tea Party of America. “You came from them. And the unique thing about being from that part of the world, when you learn about breeding, you learn that you cannot breed Secretariat to a donkey and expect to win the Kentucky Derby. You guys have incredible DNA and don’t forget it.”

So you get one guess at who the “donkey” in this little allegory is.

Crow is a fairly fringe figure on the right. But he spoke from the same stage as Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-AL).

Also speaking that day was Rep. Steve King (R-IA), the congressman who apologized when his last anti-immigration rally turned into a Marco Rubio roast. King’s unabashed opposition to reform is no secret, as is his contempt for the activists who support it.

Which is why he is exactly the guy Republicans don’t want speaking to the “Walter Cronkite of Hispanic media.”

Too late.