In echoes of Barack Obama’s old pal, Jeremiah Wright, Pastor William Barber held court on Sunday, telling his congregation that Americans could hardly hold it against illegal immigrants from Mexico who were flaunting our sovereignty and our laws. After all, we stole that land from Mexico in the first place, right?
And instead of standing up and defending the rights of this nation to defend her borders, 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg merely sat there, smiling and nodding along as Barber smeared the United States as somehow illegitimate.
“We call people illegal aliens,” Barber said. “Why can’t we just own in America that some of the people that are trying to come from Mexico here are coming back to land we stole? And the reason we took the land is because people wanted to keep their slaves?”
This inspired applause from the congregation and agreement from Buttigieg.
Barber went on to lecture on how President Lincoln was opposed to the Mexican-American War, and he told Buttigieg to keep giving speeches that correct the “lies” of history.
Barber’s remarks and Buttigieg’s reaction inspired some fierce responses on Twitter.
“Oh great. First reparations, now return land (states) to Mexico? Which ones, LA and Texas ? Maybe LA won’t mind but I think Texans will have something to say about that,” said one user.
“Let’s give away America in the name of tolerance,” snarked another.
“So Spanish Empire descendants leaving land they conquered from Aztecs in Mexico and coming to California illegally are justified in that they are reclaiming land they stole from the Native Americans before it was stolen from them by descendants of British colonists. Seems legit,” tweeted another.
Sigh, but what can you really say? Buttigieg is desperately trying to “up” his cred with the black community, where he is polling dismally. His gee-shucks-Christian-gay-dude act is working gangbusters in Iowa, but it isn’t getting over in Atlanta (or Goldsboro, North Carolina, where this event was held on Sunday). So he’s going to sit up there and nod along with any random insanity, regardless of whether or not it has any historical, factual, or intellectual honesty.
During the conversation, Buttigieg took aim at the Electoral College, saying it was a hallmark of the “racial voter suppression” that affects America.
“For my dime, I actually consider the electoral college itself to be an example of this problem because it affected anybody who had to live under a presidency that came about because the American people were overruled,” he said. “And we’re living under one right now, which means everybody is experiencing the consequences of that distortion in our democracy.”
Democrats: If We Lost, Then The Whole SYSTEM is Broken!
Surely this guy’s 15 minutes are almost up.