Perkins Admits ‘No-Go Zones’ not ‘Literally Accurate’

Tony Perkins is now admitting that his claim that Minneapolis and Dearborn are Muslim “no-go zones” is “not literally accurate.” In other words, it’s false. It was a lie. But of course, he now makes a far weaker claim that he will no doubt claim to be accurate even though it has nothing to do with the original lie.

On his “Washington Watch” radio program last night, Perkins defended his “no-go zone” remark, admitting that the term is “not literally accurate” but that it correctly describes “the underlying problem is the lack of assimilation and integration into the broader society” that is seen in Muslim communities in “some of these areas in this country.”

Perkins then said that he would accept Ellison’s invitation to tour Minneapolis as soon as the weather warms up. Or, as he put it, “Let a little more of the president’s forecast of global warming hit and I will be there.”

Let me predict where this is heading. If he doesn’t just forget about it and actually does go on a tour of Minneapolis (which I doubt), he’ll claim that the fact that many Muslims there continue to dress in the manner of the countries they came from and have set up restaurants to serve their native foods to other Muslims is proof that they have a “lack of assimilation and integration into the broader society,” so he was right all along. Because that’s totally different from other ethnic communities of every imaginable type around the country, for special, magic reasons he can’t get into right now.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    I remember when I visited Chinatown the other day. I was expecting to see lots of signs in Chinese lettering. All I found was store after store selling fancy dinner plates.

  • jufulu

    And damn those Chines,Vietnamese, Japanese, and Taiwanese for have non-assimilated restaurants that you may have to drive 40,50 and sometimes 60 mile to eat at in Southern California.

  • Chiroptera

    …admitting that the term is “not literally accurate”….

    “What I actually meant was that there are places where I personally don’t feel comfortable going.”

  • Loqi

    …have set up restaurants to serve their native foods…

    One assumes that German restaurants are okay, though. For reasons.

  • tubi

    He’s never heard of the Carnegie Deli?

    I guess that doesn’t count though, because it’s Judeo-Christian.

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

    Look, just because it’s not technically true doesn’t mean that it doesn’t scare the heck out of old white people.

  • eric

    “the underlying problem is the lack of assimilation and integration into the broader society”

    They’re trying to whiten their skin as fast as they can, Tony…

  • moarscienceplz

    I so know how ol’ Tony feels. If you go to an Italian restaurant, you have to watch out for mafia hits by guys in fedoras carrying tommy guns in violin cases. Chinese restaurants are full of tong assassins in silk robes throwing axes, and sushi chefs are all secret ninjas who will poison you with puffer fish venom if you ever turn your back on them.

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

    moarscienceplz, agreed. Worse, these invading foreigners and their invading foreign food displace real American cuisine, like buffalo steaks, maize and pemmican.

  • U Frood

    And of course he threw in the “It’s cold here now” dig against global warming.

  • John Pieret

    the underlying problem is the lack of assimilation and integration into the broader society

    Ah, so now that a majority of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage, fundangelicals will be assimilating into that broader society and stop making themselves assholes over it?

  • theguy

    “They’re trying to whiten their skin as fast as they can, Tony…”

    Giving a lotta money to a white supremacist isn’t Perkin’s “no-go zone.” Just saying…

  • dmcclean

    Apparently it wasn’t intended to be a factual statement.

  • Canadian Yankee

    “I remember when I visited Chinatown the other day. I was expecting to see lots of signs in Chinese lettering.”

    The Chinatown near where I work on Toronto not only has lots of signs in Chinese lettering, but even the street signs have both English and Chinese on them. That’s not because the residents are refusing to assimilate, it’s because the tourists love the experience. Our city’s Greektown likewise has Greek lettering on the street signs and the gay neighborhood has rainbow stripes. Silly immigrants from Gaylandia refusing to assimilate!

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    “the underlying problem is the lack of assimilation and integration into the broader society”

    Yeah, every wave of immigrants says that about the next wave after them. So what policies, exactly, does Perkins advocate to make such assimilation easier? More funding for public schools, so they can learn about how our society works, and what skills you need to succeed in the West? Maybe some public assistance so they won’t starve or become homeless while they’re trying to find a decent job? How about more public-health programs so they can get a little counseling, help with keeping kids healthy, monitoring for FGM and other forms of child-abuse, maybe a little help resisting jihadist con-games before they end up doing something stupid like joining ISIL…?

  • Suido

    Muslims are simply continuing fine tradition of not assimilating, first started by colonists in the 1400s.

    Let’s not forget the history of New York, wildly exaggerated movies notwithstanding. Those bloody Irish, who were they to respond to anti-immigrant sentiment by working hard at any job they could find and living in close knit communities?

  • sezme

    I may listen to him as soon as he includes the problems created by ultra-orthodox Jewish communities trying to force their stupid customs on the general populace.

  • laurentweppe

    One assumes that German restaurants are okay, though. For reasons.

    Given that Germany’s capital is the city with the highest concentration of foreign restaurants on the planet, one can argue that any restaurant is a german restaurant

  • hunter

    That’s Perkins’ usual tactic — when challenged, he changes the subject.

    I wonder if he’s ever been to Chicago — the city of neighborhoods. Aside from the Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Ethiopian, pan-African, and Indian restaurants, we’ve got German, French, Italian, Russian, South American, Mexican, and Jamaican places. Oh, and McDonald’s.

    And in my neighborhood, there are all sorts of Somalis, Pakistanis, Indians, and Arabs walking around wearing funny clothes.

    And on my regular bus trip I can see the Ismaili Center and the Pan-African Association offices. The Iraqi Mutual Aid Society seems to have moved. And a few signs in both English and Vietnamese when I go past the Vietnamese neighborhood. And the Chinese Evangelical Christian Church.

    And we all live here quite congenially, thank you very much.

  • dingojack

    Suido – well, not entirely.

    I bet Perkins would like to go back to the 1850s. Just don’t go into ‘Sidney Town‘ in the Barbary Coast District of San Francisco after dark, Tony. 😉

    Dingo

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I wonder if he’s ever been to Chicago — the city of neighborhoods…

    To people like Perkins and Palin, and quite possibly the rest of the POG, Chicago is not part of “the Real America.” Neither is any other place where different groups of people have to live close together without killing each other.