In a world where the party concerned with things like sovereignty, law and order knew what it was doing, remarks about as mind-bogglingly classless and callous as the ones made by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would be Republicans’ most-discussed issue on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail for at least a week.
But we don’t live in that world, and — so far — they aren’t.
For reference, here’s what Warren said Wednesday on CNN:
“I know this is hard not only for the family but for the people in her community, the people throughout Iowa. But one of the things we have to remember is we need an immigration system that is effective, that focuses on where real problems are. Last month, I went down to the border and I saw where children had been taken away from their mothers.”
Asked about Mollie Tibbetts being murdered by an illegal immigrant, Elizabeth Warren says "I know this is hard" for her family, but they "have to remember" that we need to focus on "real problems" like illegal immigrants not being able to see to their kids https://t.co/RLLKw9ezGx
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) August 22, 2018
This is an actual quote from an actual senator running for re-election this year and probably for the presidency in 2020.
Aside from the fact that the initial exchange was first clipped and pushed out by the RNC, GOP candidates and lawmakers have remained conspicuously silent on the remark at the time of this publication.
I even asked around some senate offices yesterday to see if any members of either party would like to offer a rebuttal or defense of the remarks.
The fact that the Democratic offices I contacted didn’t even respond to the request isn’t surprising at all, given how callous and tone-deaf Warren’s remarks were; however, that the responses from the Republicans I reached out to ranged from silence to the regurgitation of an initial press release to multiple claims that the members were “too busy” to respond was a head-scratcher indeed.
When one of the biggest names in a political party effectively parodies herself and her entire side of the political spectrum so perfectly on one of her side’s biggest losing issues, only a fool would waste the opportunity to make their democratic opponents either defend or distance themselves from the remarks.
The silence makes no sense … UNLESS lawmakers are afraid of pushing back against Warren’s comments because they don’t want to be accused of “politicizing” the discussion around Tibbett’s murder, which wouldn’t be surprising at all.
This sort of thinking is precisely how the Republican Party loses the idea game in the long run. Nobody on the right wants to be accused of “politicizing” anything. Of course, pushing back against bad ideas and injecting reality into a discussion it’s not “politicizing,” but good luck trying to get that point across, especially during an election year.
In response, conservative media (and country music stars like Charlie Daniels and Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys for crying out loud) will do the job that Warren’s GOP won’t and call her out on it.