Gingrich Jumps On the Ebola-Bearing Immigrants Lie

A few days ago they held a reunion for the 1994 House Republican incoming class, which could just as easily have been billed as a conference for disgraced House speakers if Jim Wright had been invited. Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay were there and Gingrich was spouting the bigoted and ignorant Diseased Immigrant Myth — with Ebola, of course.

In addition to promoting the forthcoming installment of his picture book series chronicling Ellis the Elephant’s adventure’s through American history, Gingrich bemoaned the current state of the GOP.

“The fact that we do not have positive themes and positive issues is going to cost us seats this fall,” Gingrich posited, “because moderates and independents aren’t going to turn out. It’s an enormous mistake.”…

Gingrich and DeLay also fielded questions about immigration policy, though neither acknowledged the growing realization among many of their peers that if the GOP doesn’t take some affirmative stance on the issue in the next two years, they could pay for it at the polls in 2016.

Gingrich said a porous border meant undocumented individuals could come into the United States carrying Ebola. Wicker piped in that if Congress were ever to try again to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul legislation, it would have to be piecemeal, and the very first bill — a border security bill — would need to be signed into law by the president before lawmakers did anything else.

Let me repeat Gingrich’s argument: Republicans need to have a positive message, beginning with me claiming, with no evidence whatsoever, that Obama is letting immigrants bring Ebola into the country. Never mind that Ebola doesn’t exist in the countries those immigrants are coming from. Because when he says “positive message” he obviously means baseless fear-mongering. What a surprise.

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  • arakasi

    Positive message – the undocumented individuals are positively bringing Ebola into the country

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Now, look, it’s common sense that the very first step we have to take with Immigration Reform is Securing Our Borders. It’s also the only step. Well, besides kicking out all the future Democrat party voters. Also, disenfranchising the ones we can’t kick out. So, in short, we have a three step program, only one of the steps being official.

    Consuela can stay, though, as long as she doesn’t steal from me. It’s so hard to find good help, these days, especially for what I’m willing to pay. Frankly, what I pay her is practically theft. But, again, she can stay, as long as she doesn’t steal from me. They’re a wonderful people, but you have to keep an eye on your wallet.

  • eric

    I also like the GOP’s Positive Message of ‘we will pass no immigration reform until you pass our bill first.’ Yep, that’s really going to help moderates and independents see you as reasonable.

  • raven

    Gingrich said a porous border meant undocumented individuals could come into the United States carrying Ebola.

    This is really stupid. Gingrich is either an idiot or lying. Or both.

    1. What will bring Ebola into the USA is documented individuals, immigrant or American.

    Ebola moves fast. Jet airplanes move faster. Millions of people every year fly in and out of the USA and clear customs, tourists, visitors, business people, immigrants, emigrants, etc.. It’s quick.

    In fact, Ebola is already here. At least three infected health care workers have been flown from Africa to the USA for treatment.

    2. Undocumented immigrants running our porous border from Africa are an unlikely source for Ebola. This virus moves fast and makes people very sick. They either get over it or half end up dead. It’s a lengthy process involving lots of indirect travel, some of it on foot. Not likely an infected person would make it.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    eric “I also like the GOP’s Positive Message of ‘we will pass no immigration reform until you pass our bill first.’”

    Look, Both Sides Do It®. The Democrats insist on passing their own bills, too. If anything, they’re worse, since they try to pass legislation, like, all the time, whereas the GOP only puts forward bills when they need to poison the National Conversation around a Democrat bill!

  • raven

    It’s likely that the USA will see a few cases of inadvertent Ebola. Brought in by jets and documented travels of some sort.

    As long as the medicine and epidemiology are done right, it won’t be a big deal. Similar things have happened before.

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    Apr 4, 2014 – Minnesota health officials diagnosed Lassa fever in a man who had traveled to West Africa.

    Lassa fever is another tropical African virus with some similarities to Ebola.

  • John Pieret

    Republicans need to have a positive message

    They have a positive message … they are absolutely positive that the nigg … President is not going to get anything he wants if they have to commit political suicide to see to it.

  • caseloweraz

    The Rollcall blog: In addition to promoting the forthcoming installment of his picture book series…

    Ah, Gingrich is finally going after the minds of his base.

    Gingrich and DeLay also fielded questions about immigration policy, though neither acknowledged the growing realization among many of their peers that if the GOP doesn’t fake some affirmative stance on the issue in the next two years, they could pay for it at the polls in 2016.

    FTFY.

  • howardhershey

    Do they even consider what it would take to have a “secure” border? People crossed over from East to West Germany, they now cross over from North Korea to China, despite minefields and armed sentries with shoot-to-kill orders. That clearly reduces the number of immigrants, but hardly stops it entirely. How, exactly, do they plan to secure the borders (both north and south) *and* our entire coastlines that wouldn’t be cost prohibitive or so draconian (do we really want a mined and patrolled no-man’s zone to kill any child that tries to pass) that it is abhorrent to a majority of Americans? 15 foot fences need 16 foot ladders or tunnels.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    Ebola is coming to America via the illegal immigrants that walk across the border between the USA and Nigeria.

  • birgerjohansson

    @4, of course he lies. Gingrich the serial fornicator knows very well that West Africa is the wrong continent. He also knows the low-information voters will not check what he is saying.