Oh yeah?! Well he doesn’t speak Spanish!!!

Well he doesn't speak Spanish

Oh, Marco, Marco.

The stupidest moment in last night’s debate from the Florida Senator was his supposed “take-down” of Ted Cruz over Ted not being authentically Latino enough since he doesn’t speak the language.

It’s as if Marco thought channeling Donald Trump’s “Insult as Deflection” strategy was a grand idea.

If you didn’t see this particular exchange, let me briefly recap.

In his effort to paint Rubio as being an unreliable conservative, Ted Cruz pointed out that Rubio told a Univision audience that he would not get rid of Obama’s unconstitutional Executive Orders on Amnesty.

Marco’s response was not to address the fact that he did say this. Instead, he effectively responded, “Oh yeah?! Well he doesn’t speak Spanish!!!”

Okay, to be fair, he didn’t word it that way. Instead, he snottily replied that he doesn’t know how Ted Cruz would know what he said on Univision since Ted doesn’t speak Spanish.

Leave aside the fact that I didn’t understand Cruz’s rebuttal because I don’t speak Spanish and he made it in Spanish.

Instead, let’s examine the veracity of Marco’s claim that Ted Cruz could not have known what he said on Univision since Marco said it in Spanish.

If a pastor says, “Jesus said ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father except through me,'” would Marco stand up and say, “How do you know what he said?! You don’t speak Aramaic!”

The reason I know what Adolf Hitler said in Mein Kampf is because I read the English translation of the book. Every crazy, loonish page.

Would Marco tell me that there is no way I could know what Hitler said in Mein Kampf because I don’t speak German well enough to read it?

You see, Marco. There are these people who act as what we on Planet Earth call “translators.” And their job, Marco, is to translate something from its original language into English.

It’s how we can read the Bible without knowing Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

It’s how we can read Aristotle’s “Politics” even if we have no comprehension of ancient Greek.

It’s how we can enjoy the comedic works of Moliere even if we don’t know any French beyond sacré bleu! or n’est ce pas.

N’est ce pas?

So even if Ted Cruz understands less Spanish than I understand German, he is capable of knowing what you told a Univision audience.

And lost in the moronic pre-planned comeback was an actual answer as to why he would sell himself as one thing to a Spanish-speaking audience and an entirely different thing to an English-speaking audience.

Sure, I didn’t understand Cruz’s response because aside from a few phrases, I do not speak Spanish. So, you know what I did, Marco? I found one of those handy translators I mentioned earlier who translated what he said:

Yes, there was a certain Schadenfreude that Cruz responded in Spanish because it effectively sucked the wind out of Marco’s zinger. But it simply isn’t the point for me.

Marco, though I’m sure he would deny it, hoped to paint Ted Cruz as not being authentically Hispanic (you know, the same way Jesse Jackson believed Obama wasn’t down with the struggle).

But I think it was a silly tactic overall.

Not just for the reasons I already pointed out, but for the larger issue of how most Conservatives and Republicans view immigration in general.

We see immigration as people coming to America to become American by assimilating into our culture, speaking the language, and becoming a part of our national identity.

This is what my Mom did for my brother and me. We were not raised to speak both German and English. My Mom raised us as Americans. Not as German/Americans. She saw herself as an American who happened to have been born and raised in Germany. And though my Mom sees her heritage as German, she has always seen herself as American.

That’s what immigrants should be doing — assimilating, joining the American family, becoming a part of our culture, our heritage and our history.

In that respect, I highly doubt that Ted Cruz’s lack of fluency in Spanish will be seen as some unforgivable black mark on him as a candidate.

Verstehen Sie das, Marco?

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5 thoughts on “Oh yeah?! Well he doesn’t speak Spanish!!!

  • February 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah. That hardly stands ouot as Marco’s most shining moment. Cruz confronted him on statements he supposedly made on Univision, (I say supposedly because I didn’t hear them), and rather than confirm, deny or explain, Rubio retorts with a childish, condescending (and yes, snotty) allegation that Cruz doesn’t speak Spanish.
    That tells me that Rubio was so ashamed of what he had said, or the way he said it, or both, that he had to somehow change the subject. Very Clintonian!

  • February 14, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Job opening on the Rubio campaign’s Debate Strategy Team.

  • February 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Shouldn’t that be “Verstehst du, Marco

    • February 14, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      I was using the more formal version of “you” Sie as opposed to the informal “du”

      • February 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm

        “Verstehen Sie daß” (oder dass) anstatt “Verstehen Sie das.” Nicht wahr? ))))))

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