Video: Democrats give Mexican president standing ovation for dumping on Arizona

posted at 4:57 pm on May 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m at a loss. I know they have to pander to Latinos ahead of the midterms, especially with amnesty D.O.A. in the Senate. But I don’t see how applauding a foreign leader — whose country is almost singlehandedly responsible for America’s endless immigration battles — for slamming a fantastically popular state law is a net gain in votes. They’ve already been saddled with the narrative that they can’t stop apologizing for America; you’d think they’d try extra hard here to simply sit in respectful silence while he does his shpiel rather than leaping out of their seats to grandstand. As it is, I guess they … really can’t stop apologizing for America, even when the optics involved are poisonous to their own electoral interests.

Orrin Hatch, who’s learned some lessons from Bob Bennett’s fate, fires away:

“It’s inappropriate for a head of state to question our laws, especially when the state of Arizona only acted in the best interest of its citizens and with the support of seventy percent of its people,” said Hatch in a statement.

Hatch said Arizona was forced to pass the immigration law — which compels state law enforcement officials to require proper legal residency papers from people they suspect may be in the U.S. illegally — because of the federal government’s failure to stop drug and human smugglers, as well as illegal immigrants, from coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Look carefully in the vid and you’ll see Janet Napolitano (in the blue jacket) and Eric Holder (to her right) springing to their feet to pile on. While that was happening, Rasmussen was pushing out its new poll showing 71 percent support among Arizona voters for the law, which is seven points higher than it was in April. And here are new national numbers from Fox News:

A Fox News poll finds 65 percent of American voters think states should have right to make their own immigration laws and protect their borders “if they believe the federal government has failed to act,” while 32 percent disagree. Moreover, a 52 percent majority favors their own state passing a bill similar to Arizona’s new immigration law. Some 31 percent would oppose it and another 18 percent is unsure…

The key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law receive significant support. Over two-thirds (65 percent) favor allowing local authorities to question anyone who they think may be in the country illegally, while 76 percent favor allowing local officials to detain anyone who cannot prove their immigration status.

Mark Krikorian warns that we do enough meddling in other countries’ business that we should expect a little meddling in our own, but of course much depends on who’s doing the meddling. It’s not so much the “meddling” here as the breathtaking shamelessness of this tool complaining about the way Arizona handles a problem that he’s bequeathed to them in front of an audience whose own wretched lack of political will on border enforcement forced Arizona to act. It’s a repulsive spectacle. And as bad as it is, it’s not even the most audacious bit of meddling that Calderon did today. Brace yourself for this.

Update: Lefties are tweeting at me that Republicans were standing up too. I can’t tell from the vid, but name names in the comments if you know who they were.



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I hate liberals

skree on May 20, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Believe it or not, he was still the better choice then Obrador.

rob verdi on May 20, 2010 at 4:59 PM

AP, You really don’t understand it? It looks like they are going “All In”.

redshirt on May 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Brace yourself for this.

President Felipe Calderón’s tough criticism of U.S. gun control and Arizona’s immigration law – as he stood Thursday in the Speaker’s chair in the House chamber – angered Republicans while Democrats cheered, adding a partisan tinge to what was supposed to be a routine speech.


WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF!!!!!!! Pelosi should be GONE!

upinak on May 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Normally we travel to Florida on vacation but I’m seriously considering Arizona. Beautiful state.

NYconservative on May 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Damn them all.

SouthernGent on May 20, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I thought it’s US House of Representative, and US Senate. When do they start to represent Mexico? Did I miss some important news?

Neuron on May 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Can we question their patriotism now?

Kalapana on May 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

The death of our nation is being met with applause.

This is the kind of stunt you see in 3rd world nations.

When are we going to see a dictator lecturing us while banging his shoe on the podium?

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

America’s newest citizen ?

The mother of a Somali pirate who pleaded guilty to charges of hijacking a U.S.-flagged ship and kidnapping its captain appealed to President Barack Obama Wednesday to pardon her son and grant him citizenship.

William Amos on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Just can’t watch–the very idea that American representatives would tolerate this is appalling. I can’t imagine allowing myself to be lectured about issues of sovereignty by any foreign representative, let alone the head of a third-world cesspool like Mexico.

DrMagnolias on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Republicans & Joe Lieberman should have stood up and walked out.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM


Republicans & Joe Lieberman should have stood up and walked out.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

They definitely should.

Neuron on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Does any reporter have enough brass to ask Calderon to his face to please compare Arizona’s immigration laws with those of his own country?

redshirt on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Part of me really wishes someone had stood up after all the clapping and yelled something snarky about Mexico’s immigration policy.

Vera on May 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Did Republicans walk out? Or tacitly approve?

faraway on May 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Sickening.

If only conservatives had an effective champion of disgust. Wait a minute. We have Sarah Palin. Orrin Hatch? “Inappropriate”? No, more like vile. And he couldn’t manage a word about Calderon’s pathetic admission of his own country’s hypocritical treatment of immigrants?

rrpjr on May 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Republicans & Joe Lieberman should have stood up and walked out.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Mega Dittoes!

redshirt on May 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Unfreakingbelievable….

disgraceful is not a strong enough word for this spectacle…

cmsinaz on May 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

The GOP must go

faraway on May 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

The campaign ad’s write themselves…

PatriotRider on May 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I’d like to have Chris Cristie in charge of this mess..

PatriotRider on May 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

IMPEACHMENT!!!!

ultracon on May 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Campaign add for anyone running in November:

Silent video of this happening with a graphic circle or arrow pointing to the appropriate rep who’s standing and clapping. No spoken words…just 30 seconds of this, the circled rep, and a caption stating who it is with a big fat D next to their name.

Youngs98 on May 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

This has to go down in history as the day the demonrats proved to the world that liberalism is a mental disorder. To cheer a semi-illiterate leader of a country that prosecutes all illegal immigrants that enters his country and at a time he assails a state trying to defend their people is anti-American as it gets. The demonrats cannot be trusted with the leadership of our nation.

volsense on May 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Worthless trash. All of them.

Emily M. on May 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

The GOP must go

faraway on May 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Why? They didn’t stand up and applaud this disgrace. They did the right thing not walking out. That would’ve allowed the media to spin it in a sympathetic light for Calderon. Instead he and the Dems look like complete a-holes.

Doughboy on May 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Wait until we get bombed, and it will happen, by some jihadi scum-sucker who waltzed across our southern border. Game on.

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM

The disgust reaches ever newer heights. How long before they are are openly spitting on our flag. Maybe they could bring in some terrorists leaders and let them bash our military while they’re at it. Utter disgust. I have nothing but disgust for all of these Democrats. Their names need to be remembered for the rest of our lives.

JellyToast on May 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Will they let our politicians go to Mexico City & dump on them for having far stricter immigration policies?

itsnotaboutme on May 20, 2010 at 5:08 PM

How the head of Homeland Security greeted the Mexican President

William Amos on May 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

most action shes had in awihle

offroadaz on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

US Congress in solidarity with Mexico against the American People. What could go wrong?

ronsfi on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

What? No Che Flag behind him for effect?

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I’ll give a standing ovation when they all lose their f**king jobs.

MadisonConservative on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Wow.

Such utter disregard for the sovereignty of a state, by the very federal government, which has failed in one of it’s few constitutional roles, to protect it from foreign invasion.

By the end of 0bama’s term, don’t be surprised if the union is a few (or more) states short.

Rebar on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Youngs98 on May 20, 2010 at 5:06 PM

exactly what needs to be done…hello rnc, nrcc, nrsc?

cmsinaz on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

He was up there wiping his crotch with our flag, house dems chanting right on! right on!

ThePrez on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Oh, I get it now! Mexico is one of the extra 7 states that Obama spoke about. Remember: it’s not immigration, it’s migration.

Kalifornia Kafir on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I looked for the video but could not find it…. When he talks about the 2nd Amendment and says he agrees that people should have the right to self defense Pelosi gives one hell of a half assed applause…. Biden just looks down like he is trying to avoid eye contact

ericire12 on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

i’m surprised the dems weren’t waving mexican flags during his speech

cmsinaz on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I am so f-ing pissed off right now! This is complete bullsh1t! I have HAD it! F-ing America hating, commie lovin, marxist, (real) racist, scum sucking, POS vermin! DAMN. THEM. ALL.

bernzright777 on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I wonder, when was the last time that politics actually stopped at the water’s edge?

redshirt on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Boycott Mexico.

Barbados looks like a nice place to spend a summer long weekend on the beach.

Mexico can go to hell.

Zippy_Slug on May 20, 2010 at 5:11 PM

bernzright777 on May 20, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Tell us how you really feel!

redshirt on May 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I want to know how this is going to poll. Even drunk and stoned, I can’t see how anybody would approve of this.

cozmo on May 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

As for the assault weapons ban, please bring that too and seal your doom.

Bishop on May 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Republicans & Joe Lieberman should have stood up and walked out.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Republicans should have seen this coming. Republicans should have had a response planned. Republicans need to get a clue.

I know. Too much to ask!

donh525 on May 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Viva la Aztlan!

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

They are applauding a foreign hypocrite whose country’s own laws are strict regarding aliens, and who encourages his citizens to break our laws. Meanwhile, democrats misrepresent a bill they haven’t read, whose text matches the federal ones they have passed but refuse to enforce. This is appalling, and should be run as a campaign ad nationally in the fall.

Vashta.Nerada on May 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Why do democrats hate America?

JusDreamin on May 20, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Because both these governments have decided to let the criminals rule the border!
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iWncEXYbQ7ysmaeR3jIOdAYRQpcQD9FPH6K01

Drug Lords are paying the people who oppose this law! Because there is nothing to oppose! It’s the same as federal law, it’s the same as California law!

But the Drug Lords don’t want it to happen.

petunia on May 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM

This post still applies, both the US and Mexico can’t deal with it so when Calderon gets a standing ovation from the left they are really just embracing their endorcement of open borders and the drug money going into their coffers.

fourdeucer on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Appalling.

the_nile on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Treasonous bastards all of them. There will be a civil war sooner than later.

Flyboy on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

The campaign ad’s write themselves…

PatriotRider on May 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

So who has the balls in the GOP to do it? Forget it. Sorry for the hoary Yeats quote, but this is where we are:
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

rrpjr on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

William Amos on May 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Very first comment:

Glad to hear Calderon is easing up on all those millions of people trying to sneak into Mexico.

DrMagnolias on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Obama and the demonrats are the first president and political party who have ever declared war on an individual state. We will see if we are still the United States if we let this go without consequences. Game on.

volsense on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

This will make a great campaign ad for November.

SoulGlo on May 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM

If I were president of Mexico, I would be ashamed that so many of my citizens want to leave my country. I would put all my effort towards trying to give them a reason to stay.

redshirt on May 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Rangel is the one to watch. Remember when he defend Bush after Chavez (or was it A-jad?) came to the U.S. and blasted Bush? Did he “stand up” for Arizona?

Christien on May 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM

It’s hard to believe that half of our population is so completely without loyalty within our nation.

I would sure not want to go to war with these guys at my side.

Democrats feel more kinship and camaraderie with foreigners than fellow Americans.

That’s what all this diversity sensitivity training crap has given us.

Hey you know what Democrats? Citizens of the world really suck. Be an American first.

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Mexico can go to hell.

It’s already there.

Vera on May 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Hey Allah put this up !

William Amos on May 20, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Hey, Caldreon: You lie!

Vashta.Nerada on May 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Foolish little man. When we all stop “migrating” to Mexican resorts, perhaps he’ll rethink the wisdom of criticizing us on our own soil.

And the dems who gave the standing O…beyond contempt.

Dee2008 on May 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Interesting to note,that in Mech E Co,if your caught,
ahem,illegally,they don’t look the other way!!

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM

What? No Che Flag behind him for effect?

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 PM

.
Just a matter of time.

ronsfi on May 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Kyl and McCain had better demand an apology from this idiot!

I hope Jan Brewer shuts the whole damn border down.

Go to California and New Mexico idiots.

Did he think dumping on us would make feelings better?

petunia on May 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Every American in the room Republicans & Joe Lieberman should have stood up and walked out.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM

FIFY.

AZCoyote on May 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Hey Mexico: UP YOURS you pathetic turd world excuse for a country! And that goes double for you Congressional pandering POS’s who are going to be shown the door in Nov (and let’s hope it smacks all of you on you fat arses on your way out). You hypocritical morons have your Southern border sealed off like a drum, but you have rented the balls to criticize us for wanting to keep your drug-selling, scumbag people from invading us!

I would say that I am repulsed, disgusted and puking with revulsion, but that doesn’t go nearly far enough to express my loathing and contempt for our political class these days.

MJBrutus on May 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Calderon also called on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban. “I fully understand the political sensitivity of this issue,” Calderon said. “But I ask Congress to help us with this and to understand how important it is you enforce current laws to stem the supply to criminals and consider reinstating the assault weapon ban.”

I don’t think the drug cartels are buying their fully automatic rifles and grenade launchers in our gun shops.

El_Terrible on May 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Mexican Drug lords weep with joy today, as they never in their wildest dreams thought that one day, one of their bribed officials would have such an honor.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37259114/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/ Two cops killed, two wounded. Two perps dead. Nothing on nationality yet.

a capella on May 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Update: Lefties are tweeting at me that Republicans were standing up too.

Says a lot though when the left is using that as a defense. They are on shaky political ground here and while they may know it their elected pols seem not to.

jeanie on May 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Putting petty politics over the nation’s security is bad; using a foreign hypocrite is very bad.

RobCon on May 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Hopey/Changey sure is consistent,so far,America
has been the Monster,and the source of all the
worlds problems!!(sarc).

So,as CIC,he gets a free ride and pass at B*sterdizing
and Besmirchment of the US of A!!

NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

A lot of Texans don’t like to openly badmouth our neighbors to the south because trade with Mexico is a large part of Texas’ relatively healthy economy.

But this an outrage. Unbelievable that the head of a narco-kleptocracy is lecturing us on our laws in our own capitol. And that our own government loves being insulted like that. Everything is going to hell in a handbasket.

juliesa on May 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

these same democrats booed the Iraqi prime minister.

joeindc44 on May 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

I’m just absolutely furious over this. This guy should have been boo’d out of there. I hope more states pass the AZ law.

El_Terrible on May 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Democrats give Mexican president standing ovation for dumping on Arizona

Just imagine … … …

December 1941 -

Republicans give Japaneses president [Emperor] standing ovation for dumping on Hawaii.

I challenge anyone to tell me this is an analogy without any merit.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Rangel defends Bush

Which Dem will stand up and defend AZ from foreign interlopers?

Christien on May 20, 2010 at 5:20 PM

On the gun question, Mr. Calderón said: “We have seized 75,000 guns and assault weapons in Mexico in the past three years, and more than 80 percent of those we have been able to trace came from the United States.”

40% of our California felons have been traced back to Mexico…we have seized thousands of vehicles used involved in serious accidents owned by illegal Mexicans…we have arrested tens of thousands of criminals who have been traced back to Mexico…we have confiscated thousands of pounds of drugs who trace back to Mexico…we have traced back to Mexico thousands of stolen cars…

right2bright on May 20, 2010 at 5:20 PM

It would of been nice to hear,

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELL NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Update: Lefties are tweeting at me that Republicans were standing up too.

Anyone who stood up for this anti-American atrocity has an election target on them.

If any of the Republican leadership stood up, prepare to step down.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:21 PM

A number of seats on the “Republican” side are actually filled by Democrats because of their numbers so some of the people standing up aren’t from the GOP. Still I saw a few who are most likely Republicans.

Remember the Alamo!!!!!!!!!!!!

taney71 on May 20, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Congressional puppet show.

RobCon on May 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Lets invite Chavez, Fidel and Achmedinejad , and have it all.

the_nile on May 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Barack Obama and his democrats and their foreign ally, Mexico, are at war with America.

All military officers are on the precipice of being in violation of their oath of office.

MB4 on May 20, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I can still smell the sulfur at the podium!!

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Why isn’t the theme of some drug lords
bringing AQ across the border with a
Nuclear Device,

and in the INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY… …..

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

My friends, we have turned a corner. This two bit hypocrite stands in a house that we pay for and denigrates a law that we support, and our representatives stand and applaud him for it. Does someone come to your mother’s house and b!tch about the food when they don’t even cook for themselves in their own house? Who stands and claps for this? This is the regime, the junta, standing up in our faces in our house and seeks to subjugate a group of Americans that they hate, they despise and that they seek to destroy. First, they want to outnumber us, second they want to neuter us by negating or ignoring our laws, third they want to disarm us, fourth they want to humiliate us, fifth they want to beat us in elections and subjugate us….barring any of those things from occurring to their satisfaction, well….I’ll leave it at that.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Can we question their patriotism now?

Kalapana on May 20, 2010 at 5:02 PM

We don’t even need to ask the question – the answer seems pretty clear.

katiejane on May 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

The Jackasses that stood up for the ovation are criminals. I really think that they bray instead of cheer.

mobydutch on May 20, 2010 at 5:23 PM

…and this is how race wars begin.
The dems will leverage this, for votes, and destroy two cultures that could come together, but for the want and greed of one party.

right2bright on May 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Everyday I see red a little bit more and more. I hate these people.

gator70 on May 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Dammit.

Just when Assault Rifle Homeland Defense Rifle components were becoming generally available again, this call for another Ban will cause the Hoarders to snap everything up again.

Time to build another ARs, quick….

pseudonominus on May 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Disgraceful.I hope it’s worth it to these Democrats to sell out their own country for a few votes.

sandee on May 20, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Mexico is not a real country. It cannot function without leaching off real countries. It is a parasitic monster. I think Mexico would be better off if France had thrashed the silly thugs.

andy85719 on May 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

If I’m “married” to these people, I want a divorce. Skip the separation. It’s over.

capitalist piglet on May 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Are they trying to start another civil war?!?!?!

abobo on May 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM

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