National Journal senior political columnist and editorial director Ron Fournier argued that President Obama was telling the American people “sit down, shut up, I know better than you” with his planned executive action on immigration and that such a move would decrease Hispanic turnout in 2016 on Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.
“Last week the President of the United States stood up and said ‘I hear you’ to the American people. This he is saying ‘sit down, shut up, I know better than you.’ … I think we need immigration reform. But, you don’t do it this way. And I actually think, I’ll make a prediction, that if he goes ahead and does this, and if we don’t get a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform, which is what we need, that the Hispanic turnout will actually be significantly lower in 2016 to the short-term detriment of the Democrats. Because to borrow a phrase from [Jonathan] Gruber, Hispanics aren’t stupid people. They know they are being pandered to by the administration, by the ineffective feckless administration, and they also know this is a temporary initiative that isn’t durable and lasting. They know they need the leaders that come together and do something. And they’ll see that the president here is undermining any chance we had of getting this done right” he stated.
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