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In an announcement that surprised no one, former Texas governor Rick Perry exited the 2016 GOP presidential race Friday with these pretentious words: ‘I step aside knowing our party is in good hands.”
That was the beginning and end of any effort to be conciliatory. The pro-amnesty Perry, who was unable to rise above single digits in his second presidential bid following this 2011 debate debacle (video) then broke loose with a barrage of insults clearly aimed at GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
Using the preferred pseudo language of the left, Perry declared, “We cannot indulge in nativist appeals that divide the nation further. it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you’re going,“ he chirped. Perry referred to liberals — who retreat from the accurate term — as “progressives,’ their favored description — deceptively implying they are forward thinking.
Previously Perry had referred to Trump as “a cancer on conservatism [which] must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.”
“We have to love others as ourselves, regardless of where they come from,” Perry continued. “We can enforce our laws and borders and we can love all who live within our borders without betraying our values.”
Rick Perry’s static candidacy mirrors Jeb Bush’s minus the infusions of establishment money. As governor, Perry pushed for in-state tuition for illegals, accusing opponents of not having “a heart.” Bush has called illegal immigration ‘an act of love.”
Perry also opposed E-Verify and a border fence. And like those he regards as keeping the “party In good hands” —- Bush and Marco Rubio —- Perry also opposed Arizona’s SB 1070’s provisions that allowed law enforcement to check the immigration status of those detained for other offenses.
Good hands, indeed.
This is what Perry had to say as he bowed out. Listen to him brag that students in Texas schools constitute a majority minority, with a high number who have English as their second language.