Mario Diaz-Balart Heckled at Tea Party Rally: "Learn English"

Categories: Politicks

mariodiazbalart-1.jpg
What happens when you speak at a Tea Party rally and decide to drop a bit of Spanish into your speech? Like we even have to ask. Obviously, there'll be at least someone in the crowd who yells, "Learn English," at you. And that's exactly what happened to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.

The event was spearheaded by Republican Congressmen Steve King yesterday in Washington, D.C. Originally planned as a news conference, the event quickly turned into a Tea Party rally and attracted speeches from notable Republican congressmen and other conservative figures.

Reports Buzzfeed:

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican working on a House immigration bill, spoke briefly in Spanish at the McMorris Rogers event and was heckled by one of the Tea Party protesters, who wandered over and yelled, "Learn English!"

Diaz-Balart is an American-born citizen who speaks English fluently.

Diaz-Balart got off easy at the rally in comparison to Marco Rubio. Florida's junior U.S. senator is working on a bipartisan immigration bill that the Tea Party is none too fond of.

Protesters held signs reading things like, "Marco: Early advocate of Muslim Brotherhood takeover" (according to Buzzfeed) and "Rubio conservative RINO" (according to HuffPo).

"I think he's a sellout. I think he got power-mad," protester Matthew Bishoff told the Huffington Post.

"Today I would vote for Charlie Crist -- at least I know who he is," Floridian Cheryl Griffin told BuzzFeed. "He used us. We did not send him here to do this. He's here to say no and stop it."

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

My Voice Nation Help
85 comments
frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

well now that HISPANICs know to vote DEMOCRAT, if we can only get some tea-baggers to openly DISrespect  gays,   call for the re-call of women sufferage,  and  remind blacks the GOP wants them all in hoodies..............HILLARY 2016 will be a cake walk....................the party of stupid strikes again

pkeller1
pkeller1

This is the most hilarious thing I've read all month.

Mori
Mori

This is the inevitable result of the modern, neoconservative plan to build its power base on the most backward, paranoid, uneducated, and racist demographic of America's fabric. They wanted to consolidate power in the old south, and their strategists took advantage of the born again evangelical christian movement. Now they reap what they sow.

The GOP and the Tea Party are the equivalent / continuation of the ironically named Know Nothing movement of past centuries. Like the Know Nothings they will eventually die out and be driven underground once it becomes clear most people find them either repulsive or simply irrelevant.

lostprophyt
lostprophyt

And the Conservative movement continues to eat itself alive. In 2010, they couldn't wait to get these people into office. In 2012, they're turning on those same people for even the slightest of reasons.

Let's face facts: The vast majority of the Tea Party are made up of WASP Baby Boomers. An entire generation of self-centered, careless people who are only in anything for what they can get for themselves. "Bankrupt my grandchildren? Who cares, I'm getting what I want." And now they're bringing that mentality into politics? It's the most ungraceful swan dive suicide since before they put the fencing up on the Empire State Building. You may want to get some popcorn.

"If you don't run this country the way WE want you to, we'll replace you with someone who will." The problem with that is, not everyone wants the country run that way. But of course, the "Me Generation" doesn't care, they only want what they want. "Take back America!" they shout. The problem is, they have this vision of America stuck in their heads that only ever existed on TV - Mayberry, Leave It To Beaver, golly-gosh-gee-whiz, praise Jeebus. While the rest of the world evolves and moves forward, an entire generation of people who fear change are trying to halt progress, and even reverse it.

And they wonder why people think they're loons. Eventually, they'll cannibalize their own movement to the point where they'll again become irrelevant, and then they'll mercifully start dying off. Hopefully by that time, the damage they're trying to inflict on America will be minimal and not too difficult to repair...

rockie1994
rockie1994

I guess he isn't republican (white) enough for the tea party to like him.  Oh wait this can't be about racism... because all the the party wants is to be able to exclude those from their lives that they don't want around and have everyone live their ideal of America.. and that's FREEDOM!  LOL

bridgetmccurry
bridgetmccurry

I heard a new term when phoning for Ed Markey who is running against a guy named Gabriel Gomez, LINO, Latina in name only!

exboyracer
exboyracer

Aw yes teapublicans -- the Stupid Party.  -- they really have no shame  but not to worry you idiots ultimately  the left will lose. Big business will pollute the planet  capitalist culture will kill off the arts and humanities  schools will all be privatized  libraries will all close  social mobility will cease  the gulf between rich and poor will grow and everything beautiful will die. The left may note little human rights victories – gay marriage and the odd bit of better pay – but the machine is rolling inexorably forwards to crush it.

The teapuplicans are sucking all that is good out of this country!


floydianslipped
floydianslipped

Follow your own rhetoric and realize the the Constitution was written in ENGLISH because the unfortunate truth is that the folks that organized this land spoke it- otherwise the national language would be something else. It is simple respect for the country in which folks choose to make their home that the PRIMARY LANGUAGE BE RESPECTED ACCORDINGLY. It is pure arrogance to expect an entire nation to abandon their traditional language to accommodate illegal citizens which would make them transients willing or otherwise) Every other country on the planet has not changed their primary language to English to accommodate Americans living there so folks living here will have to learn ENGLISH as is expected and many other generations of immigrants past have learned and made their contributions to this great country that allows you the freedom to spout your ignorance. Massive respect to all those who've left their lives behind and struggled here in this country and loved it enough to go through the process to stay here legally, and proudly stand with the rest of us as AMERICAN CITIZENS.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

should we have made the indigenous american INDIANS speak english before we slaughtered them ?

should we have made the CHINESE COOLIES speak english before we deported them AFTER the built america's railroads ?

should we have made AMERICO VESPUCCI speak english before we landed on north america ?

should we have made the GERMAN nuclear scientists who escaped nazism under hitler speak english before they worked on the MANHATTAN PROJECT ?

should we have made JAPANESE speak english before we locked them up in internment camps ?  (oh wait,  YES they were AMERICAN citizens who were denied their constitutional rights eventhough they DID speak english )

LEARN (american) HISTORY

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

LEARN MANNERS

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

Cocksuckers Times again distracting us from the real news. I think its clear that MNT works for the government.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

as for CUBAN americans,  the history of it they come as GUESTs to escape CASTRO and their "stay" was never ever intended to last fifty years on and NOW they are erroneously lumped into the immigration debate AND having lost access to their homeland and heritage seem to want their language to persevere

comparing this to another period in time, the early 40's, many many germans and italians came to america to escape the politics in their homeland HOWEVER they mostly turned their backs to their place of birth and language was a major part of becoming american so they also shed their native italian and german and EMBRACED ENGLISH ONLY in their new home

part of the deal with CUBANs has been to allow them as GUESTs to continue to hold on to their language - a deal made a half century ago now

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

the funny part is ..................look at AMerica's PASTtime, BASEball.................now how many players have ENglish as their FIRST language ?  and what should we do with players who do NOT speak ENglish at all ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

well that loud sucking sound you hear is the 2016 presidential campaign of good ole boy J E B ! going down the toilet...........and that is the end of the BUSHies dynasty in AMerican politics.........the end

TK Small
TK Small

Thats what he gets for hanging around a bunch of bigots , its funny that cubans think that rednecks view them differently from other hispanics. teapartiers here in SC are nothing but neo-confederates with a new flag.

Patrick Baker
Patrick Baker

what if demanding "learn english!" catches on like shouting "play free bird!"; maybe then they'll write some new material.

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

There should be a law that by 5 yrs if you don't know English you get deported...lmao ;P

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

Tell me I need to learn Spanish to make it in Miami...how come LA doesn't have this bullshit with Mexicans?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Marco Rubio Wants to Give You a Green Card Only if You Speak English

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

The left is so full of hate and jealousy that even the action of one inconsequential twit is enough for them to gloat.

Lourdes Diaz
Lourdes Diaz

You reap what you sow and the Right has been sowing ignorance, fear, hatred and bigotry for decades.

Tony Castaneira
Tony Castaneira

So if one person's actions is enough to condemn an entire political movement then all Liberals are Mass Murderers, School Shooters and Terrorist bombers.......

Martha Kaplan Backer
Martha Kaplan Backer

What does he think of the Dream Act, Gun Control, in any language, we need to get Common Sense back into Congress.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Some of you still consider Dade county part of the states? REALLY?!?!

yolandaenglish181
yolandaenglish181

@lostprophyt   I'm a Baby Boomer, and I hate these people as much as YOU do.    After disillusionment when men on the Left all fell in love with violence (the reason why "William Ayers" is still a dirty word), I bought the Reagan BS for awhile.

Couldn't keep it up, 'cause I'm not stupid;  I started paying attention around the time Newt Gingrich was paralyzing the government, back in the 1990s.

After that, I went Libertarian for awhile, until I realized they were basically just a tobacco and gun industry lobby.

Independent now, and agree with everything you say ... except I'd argue that it just applies to the dumber and greedier half of the Baby Boom.

Sad.


chefteach
chefteach

@floydianslipped Ummm.... the original language(s) spoken in North America were those of the Native Americans.  I think we all need to go to school to speak the NATIVE language of this country, including you, sir.

odgbar
odgbar

@floydianslipped English is a language comprised of words from other languages...maybe if you weren't so busy being stupid, you'd know that.

sburgett2010
sburgett2010

@floydianslipped You're the kind of person who travels to another country and bitches that they dont speak English, right? You're what's wrong with the world.

klhayes20
klhayes20

@floydianslippedI remember Spanish stickers during the Bush campaign. Big flippin' deal. The ignorance if from those who think learning a second language is akin to treason. People in other countries learn multiple languages and studies have shown it is good for your brain..guess I can see why TPers hate the idea now. And what about Puerto Rico? and Cubans who come to the U.S.? You think they come here knowing English? 

 

El_Ronbo
El_Ronbo

Nobody is trying to get rid of English, you twit. And if you go to most other countries, actually a lot of people do speak English, and will be perfectly nice and help you out if you don't speak the local language.

The guy dropped a few words of Spanish and you get all hurt about it?  What harm does it do to you? 

The Constitution doesn't say anything about a national language. It does say something about freedom of speech - so people are free to speak whatever language they want. If you hate that, you hate the First Amendment - free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association. Why do you hate those things? Why do you hate freedom?

floydianslipped
floydianslipped

Follow your own rhetoric and realize the the Constitution was written in ENGLISH because the unfortunate truth is that the folks that organized this land spoke it- otherwise the national language would be something else. It is simple respect for the country in which folks choose to make their home that the PRIMARY LANGUAGE BE RESPECTED ACCORDINGLY. It is pure arrogance to expect an entire nation to abandon their traditional language to accommodate illegal citizens which would make them transients willing or otherwise) Every other country on the planet has not changed their primary language to English to accommodate Americans living there so folks living here will have to learn ENGLISH as is expected and many other generations of immigrants past have learned and made their contributions to this great country that allows you the freedom to spout your ignorance. Massive respect to all those who've left their lives behind and struggled here in this country and loved it enough to go through the process to stay here legally, and proudly stand with the rest of us as AMERICAN CITIZENS.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

YES, a replacement for DRILL BABY DRILL is long overdue, but LEARN ENGLISH just doesn't have the same punch

El_Ronbo
El_Ronbo

What if you're an American citizen and don't know English?  There are those, you know.

Lalet
Lalet

@Lau Ren If you think LA is better why don't you move there and leave Miami to open minded people who can appreciate diversity.


odgbar
odgbar

@Tony Castaneira Do you even know what hell you're talking about?

odgbar
odgbar

@Tony Castaneira And all conservatives are brain dead idiots...you are conclusive proof of that.

El_Ronbo
El_Ronbo

Where are the conservatives denouncing this?  Where are any Republican politicians, or talk show hosts, or columnists, saying this was racist and wrong?

That's why it condemns an entire political movement. Because they don't have the guts to disown it. They know if they did they would alienate a big chunk of their supporters.

tehvul
tehvul

@Phil Ramirez Dade County is located in the State of Florida which is part of the United States. Thus your comment is based more on emotion verses any actual meaning of worth. 

lostprophyt
lostprophyt

@yolandaenglish181 Fairs. As a good majority of them are entering their twilight years, I suppose the "will to hang on" becomes greater, hence the wonderful displays we keep seeing from them such as this little outburst.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

BUSHes luved non-english speaking hispanics

YES true FACT.........in fact we here in SOFLA would regularly hear about J E B ! being all down with hispanics and having a spanish wife and all

and dubbya would kiss calle ocho coco whenere he was here

seems the ENGLISH language "problem" comes and goes on a whim

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@floydianslipped ...."Every other country on the planet has not changed their primary language to English ...."

oh boy,  this shows the problem with being overly DRAMATIC trying to make a point and simply coming off as dumb for example........RUSSIA has FOURTEEN time zones DO YOU REALLY THINK everyone in Russia speaks only Russian ? (not to mention the slavic members and many eastern european bloc states of the olde USSR that are now technically Russian)

i can see wanting to back up one's drool with facts but the point is NOT all groups coming to Murica are going to be fluent in ENGLISH and based on the circumstances that doesn't matter - those real rocket scientists on the MANHATTAN PROJECT who fled from nazi occupation and helped US be the first with the atomic weapon ending WWII all spoke GERMAN !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@floydianslipped ..."Every other country on the planet has not changed their primary language to English ......."

dude FYI the international language among PILOTs is ENGLISH

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@floydianslipped ........."It is pure arrogance to expect an entire nation to abandon their traditional language to accommodate illegal citizens which would make them transients willing or otherwise) "

well then i suppose ONLY those that read the bible in the original HEBREW text are TRUE christians leaving out even the roman catholics and about 400 PoPes who had it translated into LATIN and of course since it was perverted into st james version of ENGLISH

BTW the original language of this "entire nation" actually consisted of about three THOUSAND native indian languages for about FOUR thousand years and SPANISH was brought to and was spoken in north america,  specifically MEXICO, about TWO thousand years ago (why do you think so many places in southern california, arizona, new mexico and texas have INDIAN and SPANISH names today ? ! ?)


skb2k
skb2k

@floydianslipped "otherwise the national language would be something else."  Apparently you were absent the day your civics class taught there is no national language in the USA.  You can read.  Now try some comprehension.

saxygranny
saxygranny

@floydianslipped Nobody is asking you or anyone else to abandon their native (or traditional) language.  And I must point out that in nearly every other civilized country on earth, people can speak English, no matter what their traditional language is.  And they do this without abandoning anything.

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Fashion

Loading...