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What happens when pro-immigration marchers talk like tea partyers?

For a few days, liberal blogs have been buzzing over a column by Tim Wise in which the author angrily wonders what coverage of the mostly white tea party movement would look like if the protesters were black. Americans for Legal Immigration PAC -- which has endorsed Arizona U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth -- helpfully provides an answer. A new statement from the group trumps up an April 23 video of a rally against Arizona's new immigration bill to make the case that a protester was threatening violence.

"VIDEO CLIP THREATENING ARMED REBELLION," screams ALIPAC, whose president William Gheen says "we are asking our supporters to make sure their local police are aware of the riots, assaults on police, assaults on Americans, and murderous slogans advocating armed rebellion documented in this video, as well as others coming out of Arizona."

A small problem. Here's the quote from a protester that ALIPAC sent the media:

We will not stop! We will take up our shovels and pickaxes and we ... we will use them against you! Believe that!

And here is the actual, rambling quote.

We will not stop! We will take up our shovels and our pickaxes, and we break the land, and make your landscaping, and clean your toilets, and our plungers. We will use them against you! Believe that!

I've got to say, a plunger isn't something I want used against me, but it's not that horrifying. And it cools off this idea that she's threatening armed rebellion any more than a tea partyer is literally threatening to stap a member of Congress with a pitchfork.

The whole press release is below the jump.

April 28, 2010 (MMD Newswire) -- Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is releasing a video clip today that shows anillegal alien supporter in Arizona claiming that shovels and axeswill be used against Americans just prior to the riot, where police officers and American citizens were assaulted by the mob
protesting SB 1070.

VIDEO CLIP THREATENING ARMED REBELLION
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDlutO0KK7g

"We will not stop! We will take up our shovels and pickaxes and we...we will use them against you! Believe that!" screams an opponent of Arizona's tough new bill addressing illegal immigration.

Several organizers supporting the opponents of the bill can be seen trying to stop illegal alien supporters from accosting American citizens who support SB 1070.

Despite intense efforts by illegal alien organizers and police to keep the angry crowd back, a large Hispanic male in a red sport jersey that reads "Warner 13" tries to push past handlers and another voice screams (garbled) "you can't argue with a puto!"

The Urban Dictionary defines a puto as a "Spanish word for a male prostitute. sometimes it's offensive for homosexuals. In Mexico it is used for cowards and traitors."

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is circulating this video to the nation via national press release today. The video is also being sent to ALIPAC's 30,000 national supporters for comment and circulation, with encouragements for activists to send copies to state and federal lawmakers.

ALIPAC is also issuing an advisory to law enforcement agencies across America in anticipation of the May 1st illegal alien protests scheduled nationally by Congressman Luis
Gutierrez and the National Council of La Raza (The Race).

"We just want to make sure that our police agencies in these towns and cities where similar groups of angry illegal alien supporters plan to gather on May 1, are fully and properly informed," said William Gheen of ALIPAC. "We are asking our supporters to make sure their local police are aware of the riots, assaults on police, assaults on Americans, and murderous slogans advocating armed rebellion documented in this video,
as well as others coming out of Arizona."

The link to the video being released today is...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDlutO0KK7g

Sourcing: This youtube video is our political interpretation of footage filmed in Phoenix on April 23 by Dave Seibert of AZ Central.

By David Weigel  |  April 28, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Immigration  
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