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Republican congressman refers to Latino workers as ‘wetbacks’

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Update (below): House Speaker condemns ‘wetbacks’ remark

Republican Rep. Don Young of Alaska on Thursday used a racial slur during an interview with a local radio station.

“My father had a ranch. We used to hire 50 or 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young said in the interview with KRBD. “You know, it takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”

The congressman was discussing the need to reduce the need for imports by bringing industries back to the United States.

Young’s comments come at an inopportune time for the Republican Party, which has recently sought to increase its appeal among minority voters — and Hispanic Americans in particular — following their loses in the 2012 elections. President Barack Obama won 75 percent of the Hispanic electorate last year.

“If Republicans continue to follow on the course that the right wing and Tea Party have set for them, they’re going to find, they’re going to follow on the course of California Republicans, which is a course of irrelevancy and self-destruction,” Presente.org executive director Arturo Carmona told Raw Story last year.

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Update: House Speaker condemns ‘wetbacks’ remark

“Congressman Young’s remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said in prepared text released Friday. “I don’t care why he said it – there’s no excuse and it warrants an immediate apology.”

The speaker’s condemnation came just as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made similar remarks on Twitter. “Don Young’s comments were offensive and have no place in our Party or in our nation’s discourse,” McCain tweeted. “He should apologize immediately.”

Apparently neither man realized that Young apologized on Thursday, hours after the interview aired. “During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California,” he explained in an advisory. ” I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”

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Bombshell reports from the New York Times have found that President Donald Trump has lied about his wealth for decades now -- even during times when he was burning through cash and had trouble finding a bank willing to lend him money.

Financial reporter Jonathan Greenberg went on CNN Monday to expose just how Trump has kept the true status of his wealth a secret from the general public for decades.

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Trump showed why his aides hate him when he berated his chief staffer in TV interview: Morning Joe panel

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President Donald Trump berated his chief of staff in a moment captured by ABC News -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the outburst was deeply revealing.

The president interrupted an interview to order White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney out of the Oval Office for coughing while Trump answered a question about turning over his financial records.

"That was on purpose," said MSNBC analyst Mike Barnicle. "He coughed on purpose. He didn't want him to continue going down that (topic on) financial (records)."

White House reporter Jonathan Lemire, of the Associated Press, said the president's tirade wasn't unusual.

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President Donald Trump's inner circle is growing smaller and smaller, and the few aides he trusts are afraid to deliver any bad news to him -- and panelists on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" agreed the situation was dangerous.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire if the president trusted any of his advisers, and the White House correspondent said he may still seek out counsel from Ivanka Trump.

"He might listen to his daughter, who is in there, but no," Lemire said. "That has been what's happened over the last year and a half, in particular, is the erosion of the guardrails, the erosion of adults in the room who could walk in there and say something. Mind you, it didn't always work, (but) now those people don't even exist."

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