Morning Poll: Is John McCain's Blaming Wildfires on Illegal Immigrants Racist?

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John McCain is blaming wildfires on illegal immigrants --he's basing that on literally nothing.
Senator John McCain on Saturday blamed wildfires currently raging in Arizona on illegal immigrants -- without offering any proof to support his claim.

"There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally," McCain said at a press conference. "They have set fires because they want to signal others. They have set fires to keep warm. And they have set fires in order to divert law enforcement agents and agencies from them. So the answer to that part of the problem is get a secure border."

Again, McCain offered absolutely no evidence that illegal immigrants had anything to do with the fires. See our story on the matter here.

McCain's comments may havae been idiotic, presumptive, and based on no actual proof, but were they racist?

We want to know what you think -- cast your vote below.



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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High SchoolThis young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

anne garcia
anne garcia

The blame for wildfires crosses all culture and class lines. Everyone should be responsible for taking care of our forests. We have a home in Oak Creek Canyon and many times I see motorists flicking ashes and/or live cigarettes out their windows! NOT COOL! The government allows open camp fires in the National Forest until the red flags go up every summer. Seems like the open fires should be banned all year!

While I'm on a rant, how about all the trash left behind at Slide Rock State Park every summer. It's not fun to be down stream and have a loaded diaper floating by! C'mon, people!

Masha
Masha

McCain cannot get over  that he lost in Presidential elections. If it is raining too much then illegal immigrants are to blame. If it is not raining then illegal immigrants are to blame. If it is too dry then illegal immigrants are to blame. If it is too hot then illegal immigrants are to blame. If current weather conditions are perfect for the wild fires, it's all because of those illegal immigrants.  If McCain is constipated then illegal immigrants are to blame.McCain get over it!

Masha
Masha

McCain cannot get over  that he lost in Presidential elections. If it is raining too much then illegal immigrants are to blame. If it is not raining then illegal immigrants are to blame. If it is too dry then illegal immigrants are to blame. If it is too hot then illegal immigrants are to blame. If current weather conditions are perfect for the wild fires, it's all because of those illegal immigrants.  If McCain is constipated then illegal immigrants are to blame.McCain get over it!

SaltyWench
SaltyWench

McCain is also quoted as saying "GET OFF MY LAWN!"

Warrior 1492
Warrior 1492

As a Native American. I find his comments lame beyond cogent reason:

"They set fires because they want to signal others."

The Feathered Bastard falils to note the iconic stereotype linked to Native Americans("smoke signals"). And Native Americans in general should also be outraged at McCain's inane context. I agree with FB that McCain should be recalled.

vic
vic

What is really stupid is that Az elected this guy yet again. The statement he made was racist but I don't know if he is racist or not, for sure as I tend to think it is his old man "get off my lawn"dementia showing again.  John McCain should have been retired long ago.  Just my opinion.

soddi
soddi

Why don't you have a voting selection for 'Stupid and racist'?

Guest
Guest

Racist, maybe.. Opportunistic, absolutely; He wants to continue to scapegoat a peoples while not solving any real problems, and the populace eats that shit up. We need immigration overall, money will continue to be bled out if we just pick up corn vendors one at a time. Anyone could have started this fire, to just say it was an illegal migrant with no evidence is just plain irresponsible. Then again, I'm sure he'd like to blame the failing state education system, economic services, health and human services on immigration also. While illegal immigration can harm society, those problems largely stem from poor policies and action in which he is complicit in perpetuating. GOP or Dem, all they do is play partisan politics with no real solutions to put into action, and all we can do is sit and watch the ball bounce back and fourth from one side of the court to the other.

JohnnyQ
JohnnyQ

No only racist, it's also ignorant!  What gives this JackAss the right to spew whatever hateful racist comments he wants when he wants with no repercussions. I don't get it Arizona, the rest of the country looks at us like we are all a bunch of dumb desert rats. It's time we the people take back the political voice of the state and start holding these elected officials responsible for there actions and there dumb comments.

McCain and Kyl are the problem
McCain and Kyl are the problem

OK McCain and Kyl have not put together a  comprehensive immigration policy that protects the state since getting elected in to their Senate post. Isn't that their job? Now to point and say that there fire is cause by Mexicans is ridiculous.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Hey, their probably sending smoke signals to each other plotting to take over the unskilled, low pay labor market. And Geronimo was the first Native American Paratrooper.

Ppandow
Ppandow

Mc Cain and Kyl belong to an institution that supported the slaughter of the native Americans, had no problem with the importation and selling of slaves, blamed the Chinese for being the yellow menace after they helped build the railroads, and interred the Japanese in WW2. Now they and their counterparts want to blame all our problems on illegal immigrants. They do this to take the focus of the real criminals in our society---- The Bankers and their political flunkies

redeaux13
redeaux13

Sounds like you and old McNasty are bedding together. Ignorance begets ignorance.

Warrior 1492
Warrior 1492

Yeah, Geronimo could easily kill you like a lame deer in a head lights. But I'm sure Meth smoke will do you just fine and dandy.

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