After David Brat's upset win over Eric Cantor Tuesday night, Ann Coulter joined Fox News to claim that America is against "amnesty" for illegal immigrants and that's why Eric Cantor lost.
Coulter: When they (voters) know that amnesty is on the table, amnesty loses big. The idea that this will hurt the Republicans in 2016 is insane.
Two things. First, Eric Cantor or any politician for that matter has never campaigned for "amnesty" when it comes to immigration reform and secondly, Cantor's district is overwhelmingly for immigration reform.
More: "72% of voters in Cantor's district support the bipartisan immigration reform legislation on the table in Washington right now to only 23% who are opposed. And this is an issue voters want to see action on."
Brit Hume then told Megyn Kelly, who was hosting the debate said that amnesty was never part of Eric Cantor's views on immigration reform and that didn't sit well with Mount Rushbo.
Hume: Amnesty is a word with a meaning you can look it up in a dictionary and I wish there were people that would do so. It means pardon, an unconditional pardon. There is not a single immigration measure that has been advanced seriously by anybody, certainly not by any Republicans that would involve an unconditional pardon.
Amnesty is an epitaph, but it has been very, very effective. And I believe it was certainly effective against Mr. Cantor. And it is not at all clear to me that any immigration measure that he would have ever signed on to would have included an amnesty. The country favors immigration reform, broadly speaking. Nobody is for amnesty and nobody says they are.
Limbaugh: Why is it then that everybody opposes it then? He does sound angry he was mad, he was ticked off.
There's a coalition here. Fox News leadership, Wall Street Journal, which is the same thing....drive by media ...Chamber of Commerce...When we hear Barack Obama talk about immigration reform, I'm sorry Bret, we hear amnesty. We know amnesty.
Their conservative hero Ronald Reagan, is credited with granting amnesty to illegal immigrants back in his day even though they won't take St. Ronnie's name in vain, but that's not what we have here and Laura Ingraham knows it all too well.
Even before the Tea Party came along, conservatives destroyed Karl Rove's attempts to pass immigration reform under George Bush when they tried to reach accord with the fastest growing minority in America. it crumbled badly just like Bush's failed privatization of Social Security failed, but that wasn't because of the actions by his base.
There has always been a nasty streak of xenophobia in the Republican party and it's in full bloom now.