Yesterday Bill Richardson did a special web interview for This Week. In it he was asked what he thought about Ted Cruz:
ABC News: Do you think he represents most Hispanics with his politics?
RICHARDSON: “No, no. He’s anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic. He’s a politician from Texas. A conservative state. And I respect Texas’ choice. But what I don’t like is… when you try to get things done, it’s okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology. But I’ve seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of, I think, the civility that is really needed in Washington.”
And yes, Richardson is Hispanic himself. It doesn't matter. Bigotry is bigotry wherever it rears its head. And in that interview, Richardson took bigotry out of the closet and paraded it in front of anyone watching.
I don't think Richardson should have really said what he did either, but this exposes the blindness to the bigotry that really exists within the GOP today. For example. Here is a clip of Rush Limbaugh in 2011 saying Obama isn't "authentically black":