Check out the spelling of conference on the banner. It reminds me of this guy.
The TL and the CV ran stories last week about Alcalde de Hazleton Lou Barletta being invited to speak at Pat Buchanan's anti-immigrant gabfest along with some of the heavy hitters of the lunatic fringe such as Phyllis Schlafly, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, anti-affirmative action leader Ward Connerly, former Congressmen John Hostettler and Tom Tancredo. There were no follow up stories
According to the TL he tried to distance himself from some of the nuts... Barletta said he doesn’t agree with some of the beliefs or stances some other speakers will share but he’s there to talk about a topic that he feels strongly about.
One of the speakers at the conference was "best-selling anti-immigration author Peter Brimelow."
From Think Progress:
Peter Brimelow, one of the panelists to the event, is the editor of Vdare.com. He has written extensively against immigration and has long advocated that the GOP must “appeal to its base: white Americans.” Brimelow has defended accusations that he writes and publishes white supremacist material by declaring his content to be merely “white nationalist.”
Brimelow also urged the attendees of the Buchanan conference to attack affirmative action in an effort to attract the votes of "young whites" and "yellow people." After claiming it would be "suicidal" for any "white man" to vote for Obama, Brimelow contended that immigrants should not be eligible for affirmative action because "they weren’t slaves to this country, they’ve never been discriminated against."
They have the audio.
Buchanan and Brimelow also mocked Judge Sotomayor's efforts to improve her English while sitting under that banner. Maybe Mayor Lou should check out the guest list before he goes to another hatefest like this one.
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