Left-leaning CNBC reporter Steve Liesman asked for some “Mexican music” to be played while he talked about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a segment on the September jobs report Tuesday.
“We’re going to call this the Senator Ted Cruz jobs report. These are the jobless claims of Senator Ted Cruz,” the aptly-named Liesman said. After a picture of Cruz appeared on the screen, he said “can we get some music to go along with that? Some Mexican music, maybe?”
Set aside, for a moment, the appropriate outrage if someone on Fox News asked for Kenyan music to accompany a picture of President Obama, let’s instead focus on the vast and impressive level of ignorance displayed by Liesman in this revealing moment: Cruz is not Mexican, his father is of Cuban extraction. So beyond the ignorant suggestion that Cruz is, in some way, not American, Liesman is also implying that “all those Latinos are alike” by suggesting Mexican music for a half-Cuban, Canadian-born American.
Watch the segment here: