A Texas town hall meeting held by state Tea Party Rep. David Simpson on Wednesday served perfectly to highlight the bigotry of the average Tea Partier. For a while, we’ve been wondering what would happen if one among them said something sensible, for a change. Now–we have our answer.
Simpson told the crowd of 160 that the children arriving at the border are fleeing violence, abuse, and the child sex trade, and deserve to be treated with compassion. His audience, however, was unconvinced. Forgetting that Tea Partiers are without compassion unless a fetus is involved, Simpson ran a slide show of some of the children’s faces in an effort to cause some of the assembled mass of bigots’ empathy to surface. Unfortunately, his effort was in vain.
Longview resident Terri Hill said, “I believe your constituents should come first when you talk about people who are impacted. You are to represent us, and we have children. These [migrant children] are people that are coming in with leprosy, tuberculosis, polio,” repeating some of the various right-wing lies about the children.
Another “Christian” Tea Partier expressed fears of diseases the children allegedly carry, “I’ve got four kids and a fifth one on the way,” Denson said. “These [Central American] kids have scabies and influenza, viral pneumonia, leprosy. These kids are going to be part of the school system…They are bleeding Texas [Democrat] blue.”
Other residents channeled FOX News with claims that these kids are criminals. “We need our borders protected. We need a lot of things, but what we don’t need is more people at the trough,” said Thomas Rolland. “These people are not coming in with a good, Christian heart. Most of them are criminals, anyway.”
The surprisingly rational Simpson attempted to talk some sense into the monsters Tea Party leaders have created. “These children are fodder in this,” he said. “They are being assaulted. … I don’t believe in amnesty. I don’t believe in treating people who’ve crossed the border as a murderer. … I do think there should be a path, a legal path, for naturalization or citizenship. We’re a nation of immigrants.”