Tancredo Campaign Ad: Immigrants “Rape Children�

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  1. EG
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    You know what group overwhelmingly rapes children? And members of this group don’t just make up the overwhelming majority of child rapists; they’re also murderers, abusers, and drug addicts.
    Grown-ups. Grown-ups are a danger to our society.
    I say we round up everyone over the age of 18 and ship ‘em off to a desert island. That’ll keep the kids safe.

  2. RapeIsFunny
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Kicking out all immigrants won’t stop your children from being raped.

  3. Posted December 10, 2007 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Tancredo is the definition of a fear-monger. Unfortunately, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who take him quite seriously.

  4. smashpatriarchy6
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    In another ad, he directly implies that immigration is responsible for terrorism, making the remarkably invalid (as well as racist) point that all immigrants are Islamic extremists.

  5. MissMay12
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    “…those who don’t belong.”
    Really? Are you for reals? That’s your ad copy? How very Orwellian of you.

  6. Posted December 10, 2007 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to admit (largely because, come on, Tancredo doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting to be the next preznit) that this commercial made me laugh out loud. I mean, seriously. SERIOUSLY? If I didn’t come from Colorado and know that this dude actually IS just this looney, I would be accusing you guys of putting us on. This could just as easily have shown up on SNL or a black comedy. Actually, now that I think about it, I *know* I have seen something remarkably similar on TDS or maybe even Colbert… it’s like a “threat down” — bats, bears, and immigrants! WAAAAAUAUUGHHHH!

  7. Kmari1222
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Number one threat to America: Bears. Haha..
    But seriously. This is disgusting. I agree Law Fairy, it looks so fake I almost laughed.

  8. Posted December 10, 2007 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Cara at The Curvature had a post about this a few days ago.
    One of the points she made was that since most children are molested by friends or relatives, even if it were true that immigrants were more likely to molest kids (unlikely), they’d be molesting their OWN kids, and Tancredo wouldn’t give a good goddamn, because he doesn’t care about immigrants of ANY age.

  9. feministique
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Between 60 and 70 percent of children who are molested are molested by an older sibling. So . . . perhaps we should round up anyone with a younger sibling and deport them. Makes perfect sense to me.
    Also – what will happen to our economy if we deport all of the central and south american immigrants. I live in the pacific northwest, and if we didn’t have the influx in labor, our crops would not get harvested. Remember, these are jobs that most “americans” won’t do.

  10. Tobin
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Asinine. It is the only word I can find in my vocabulary that comes even close to describing this ass…sorry..I mean Ad.
    You know what makes me dislike Tancredo even more? His name reminds me of my favorite kind of Gin (Tanqueray). It doesn’t taste as good anymore:( Thanks a lot Tom.

  11. realityfighter
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    So…Tancredo wants to deport awkward teenagers?

  12. dhsredhead
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    WTF. I didn’t know little old ladies coming in from mexico to clean people’s houses and take care of their child were part of south american gang culture.

  13. Posted December 10, 2007 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if he’s stopped eating fruits and vegetables from the San Joaquin Valley, where 80% of those who harvest the food are here “illegally�.
    Or if he’s willing to ask his constituents to pay twice as much for groceries once immigrants are deported and American union workers are harvesting the food under humane working conditions at living wages.
    I wonder if any of his constituents or family members live in houses constructed or maintained by undocumented workers – or if he lives in one.
    Wouldn’t a person of principle refuse to benefit from something they strongly oppose? Every bite of food from California is discounted because of immigrant labor.
    Congressman Tancredo, in the 1 in a million chance you end up seeing this thread, I’d really love answers to these questions and it would show a lot of character if you actually were willing to respond, especially on a site like feministing. A trip to the lion’s den would do a future president good, wouldn’t it?

  14. Genny
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    Frankly, the best way to prevent the gang members and children-rapers from making their way into the country is by giving illegal immigrants here to work a legitimate way to enter the country. That way the criminals can’t sneak in with the people here to work for our food, in our homes, or at construction sites.
    In other news, my mom said today that she’d sponsor someone for a green card if they’d help hang her christmas lights. I guess we’re just contributing to the downfall of american society with thoughts like that.

  15. wackychick786
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Tancredo is so ridiculous. I frequently write him snarky emails since I am from Colorado and he “represents me.”
    @realityfighter that is hysterical.

  16. SeattleMeg
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Hence one of the reasons I left Colorado for a saner state. And if you ever email him, you get on a mailing list it takes nearly an act of God to be removed from. He’s a nutjob.

  17. Kristin
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Oh. Ha. Wow. I feel slightly dumber after watching that.

  18. Tara K.
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I so think we’re going to see this guy on “To Catch a Predator.”

  19. bridgetka
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Just so we’re clear: if it’s a US-funded and -trained military junta executing mothers and raping children, it’s a-ok. The gangs, though, are very much immoral.
    Also, we should send the people fleeing rape and execution at the hands of these gangs back to their countries, because they’re brown and ain’t no brown people picking my vegetables and washing my car, nosir. Tancredo apparently doesn’t get why people might want to emigrate out of countries where they live in a constant state of violence and terror, and why they might be willing to take matters into their own hands instead of waiting on a fickle bureaucracy.

  20. Posted December 10, 2007 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Aren’t most pedophiles straight white guys? Thought so.
    I’d like to know if the familiies of the people whose pictures are shown at the end of that ad gave permission to have those pictures shown or if they indeed support Tancredo or if they really believe that “illegal immigrants” are the root to all crime.

  21. Devil's Advocate
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    For those who’re curious, here’s a link to Tancredo’s immigrants=terrorists ad.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nqNawN3M0M

  22. Media Glutton
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    So, if we looked to deport Latino people, wouldn’t the name “Tancredo” be on that list, as well?
    Tancredo means “I so creed” in Spanish. How dare he creed our American way of life! Deport Tancredo!

  23. meeneecat
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    I watched a speech given by Tancredo at one of the debates, all he did was spew hatred and fear-mongering toward immigrants, it was more frightening, however to see the crowd clapping and cheering for him. All this does is build off people’s fears of what they perceive (whether real or imagined) to be a threat. Tancredo seems to be taking advantage of people’s emotions, just like the terrorism fear mongering and the horribly racist and unconstitutional “war on drugs” and all the propaganda spewed in the name of being “tough on crime” and “just saying no”…All this immigration talk seems like a red herring to me, just a bunch of BS and false claims made to take advantage of people’s emotions in order to garner their votes (much like the abortion and gay marriage issues were used to bring out droves from the religious-right on election day). The immigration is the new abortion/gay marriage.

  24. tostartarevolution
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    There is one comment on this page that didn’t sit well with me.
    Also – what will happen to our economy if we deport all of the central and south american immigrants. I live in the pacific northwest, and if we didn’t have the influx in labor, our crops would not get harvested. Remember, these are jobs that most “americans” won’t do.
    This bothered me because, who did these jobs before this influx? These jobs have always been done. I can think of plenty of “americans” that would do anything for a job but can’t get one because people would have to pay them the legal wage vs immigrants who they can force to work for cheaper because they’re illegal.

  25. PamelaV
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    Can someone please find the statistics on something for me? I am sincerely asking…what race/gender makes up the majority of rapists and child molesters? Is there info on this? I honestly think it’s white men by default, but I want to know.
    This ad makes me sick.

  26. Holli
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    *face palm* I’m all for stopping illegal immigration (the emphasis is on the word “illegal” not on “immigration”), but this commercial is ridiculous. Yes, there *are* criminal elements that come into our country illegally – it’d be naive to suggest otherwise – but that doesn’t mean that *all* illegal immigrants are violent, child-raping, drug dealing gang members.
    Please to be getting off my side of the debate, Tancredo.

  27. conniebonnie
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    im sorry tom, where are you from ? see i’m indigenous, so this is MY country, and i do not remember seeing your name on the guest list.

  28. DramasMama
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Feministique– I’m interested in your statistic that 60-70% of children who are molested are molested by an older sibling. Where did you get this statistic?
    As a victim of incest myself, I had no idea that the numbers were that high. I’m just curious because incest still is very taboo, and obviously your numbers point to a majority of molestation incidents being incest… Any more info you have would be greatly appreciated!

  29. Posted December 11, 2007 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    The really scary thing about Tancredo is that he seems to have set the bar for how hateful the Republican candidates have to be to win the ticket. So while he is a one-issue no-shot-in-hell candidate, Giuliani, Romney, etc., are all trying to out-Tancredo Tancredo. As a result, the Respublican primary campaigns are becoming a bastion for hate speech against immigrants. This is something that progressive and feminist bloggers should be calling people out for a lot more – thanks for posting this, Jessica.
    P.S. Latina Lista (http://www.latinalista.net/palabrafinal/) is a great feminist source on these issues.

  30. feministique
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Tostartarevoluton:
    “There is one comment on this page that didn’t sit well with me.
    Also – what will happen to our economy if we deport all of the central and south american immigrants. I live in the pacific northwest, and if we didn’t have the influx in labor, our crops would not get harvested. Remember, these are jobs that most “americans” won’t do.”
    That is a valid point – but just a few things to remember.
    1)There has always been immigrant labor in this part of the world. It was not that long ago that the Mexican border came right up into our back yard. Also with advances in technology people here have begun farming much larger pieces of land, requiring many more people for the harvest. But with that, the rural populations did not change much. So, with more work and the same amount of people the influx of labor was necessary.
    2) I am sure there are a lot of americans who would do some of these jobs – but most of them don’t happen to live in rural idaho or washington. I am from Idaho – a state with roughly one million people, almost half of whom are centered in about three cities. There just aren’t enough people here to do the work, and most unemployed people in places like NYC and Boston are not necessarily willing to relocate to a rural farming community in southern idaho that has 400 people for a job that lasts 2 – 3 months out of the year.
    Let me just add – I do think that these people need to be able to organize and demand better working conditions. Many pay fair wages but many do not. It is also important to question what would happen to the Mexican economy without the influx of cash that immigrant workers send home? It is after all, one of their largest industries.
    My point, is that we are codependent. We cannot subsit without them, and they cannot subsit without us. It is not perfect, or even desirable system, but that is the way it is right now. Deporting them will not solve anybodies problems.

  31. feministique
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Tostartarevoluton:
    “There is one comment on this page that didn’t sit well with me.
    Also – what will happen to our economy if we deport all of the central and south american immigrants. I live in the pacific northwest, and if we didn’t have the influx in labor, our crops would not get harvested. Remember, these are jobs that most “americans” won’t do.”
    That is a valid point – but just a few things to remember.
    1)There has always been immigrant labor in this part of the world. It was not that long ago that the Mexican border came right up into our back yard. Also with advances in technology people here have begun farming much larger pieces of land, requiring many more people for the harvest. But with that, the rural populations did not change much. So, with more work and the same amount of people the influx of labor was necessary.
    2) I am sure there are a lot of americans who would do some of these jobs – but most of them don’t happen to live in rural idaho or washington. I am from Idaho – a state with roughly one million people, almost half of whom are centered in about three cities. There just aren’t enough people here to do the work, and most unemployed people in places like NYC and Boston are not necessarily willing to relocate to a rural farming community in southern idaho that has 400 people for a job that lasts 2 – 3 months out of the year.
    Let me just add – I do think that these people need to be able to organize and demand better working conditions. Many pay fair wages but many do not. It is also important to question what would happen to the Mexican economy without the influx of cash that immigrant workers send home? It is after all, one of their largest industries.
    My point, is that we are codependent. We cannot subsit without them, and they cannot subsit without us. It is not perfect, or even desirable system, but that is the way it is right now. Deporting them will not solve anybodies problems.

  32. feministique
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    DramasMama -
    Thank you for sharing your story – it takes a great deal of courage to do so.
    These numbers come from one of the most respected researchers in the field – Karla Van Damm. If you have not already read her book “Identifying Child Molesters” I strongly reccomend it to you. Have you read any other books on the topic? If not, I can make some excellent reccomendations. I work with survivors of sexual assault and have a great deal of resources I would be happy to share with you. Best of luck to you on your journey of healing!

  33. idyllicmollusk
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone else notice that in the photos of purported criminal illegal immigrants, almost all of the men are tattooed? Did someone choose those photos specifically in the hope that tattoos scare Americans? The ad says something interesting about what it’s makers think is most scary. Brown tattooed men, apparently.

  34. abra
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    For me, the tattoos imparted a certain emotional comfort. The little subliminal thought-stream was like, “Whew, at least they identify themselves with distinctive tattoos covering their entire face and limbs. Kinda like poisonous snakes. I can appreciate and not worry if I run into a man in a dark alley who does not have tattoos.” Uh, whatever.
    Here’s what gave me the chills, not so much “Deport those who do not belong” and “Make sure they never come back.” That last phrase, following photos of bloody bodies, has a definite connotation.

  35. abra
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    I also wonder when and where this commercial is being aired. As a mother, I do not appreciate politicians or anyone else flashing dead bodies on the screen at an hour when my children might be watching. imho, desensitization toward bloody violence leads to Columbine-type tragedies. And while fake gratuitous violence is bad, there is something more scarring about seeing REAL dead bodies. We adults sometimes need to see such things and I’m grateful to the news media when they (occasionally) get real, but that is not appropriate viewing matter for children, imho.

  36. SouriezLaJoconde
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    tostartarevolution- Your point is well taken. However, most of the jobs that current illegal immigrants do, as well as other unsavory jobs, have been filled by immigrants throughout history. For example, people from Ireland largely worked on mines, people from China largely on railroads, etc. Just because they didn’t come from south of the border doesn’t mean that they weren’t immigrants (read:inferior and dispensable) to be taken advantage of.

  37. Gretchen
    Posted December 12, 2007 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Tatoos are a major way for gangs in general to represent themselves.
    MS-13 is an international gang that is pretty big in El Salvador, Guatemala, and the US that I know of (it would make sense if they were big in Honduras and Mexico too, but I don’t know for sure). Those cultures in general have a taboo against tattoos, and having one generally means that you are a gang member. Some of these guys come into the US as gang members, but many more become part of MS-13 once they get into the US.
    Saying that illegal immigrants = gang members is just plain wrong. Poverty + societal oppression = gang members.

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