In the opening of the third Democratic debate in Houston, Texas, moderator Jorge Ramos spoke part of his opening statement in Spanish before finishing with “This is our country, too.”
The extremely racially-charged rhetoric from Ramos preceded several race-based questions regarding the status of illegal aliens in the country, where numerous false assertions were made.
Ramos falsely claimed that President Trump referred to all immigrants as “rapists,” and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro (D-Texas) falsely claimed that President Trump inspired the El Paso shooter, even though the shooter admitted in his own manifesto that his views “predate Trump and his campaign for president.”
Ramos would continue speaking in Spanish as he asked questions of several candidates, and Castro also spoke Spanish at some points during the debate. Several candidates pledged to expand legal immigration and reduce restrictions on immigration overall during the debate.
In previous debates, Castro had even called for decriminalizing border crossings, and all ten candidates on-stage on the second night of the first debate raised their hands when asked if their healthcare plans would cover illegal aliens.
Ramos’ statement, and the numerous pro-immigration proposals from candidates, are reflective of a broader trend of Democrats heavily pandering to minorities, including the use of anti-white rhetoric. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) once declared at a rally in front of the Capitol that America “is not going to be the country of white people.” In 2018, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a speech on the House floor that “brown skin” was the “face of the future of our country.”