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Say something en espanol: Mark Halperin “splains” why Ted Cruz isn’t a real Cuban

May 12, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Ricky Ricardo

Hey, Mark Halperin, I’m Latin-American, too! Yes, I’m ultra-fair-skinned and freckled (Scottish genes on the paternal side), but with my Peruvian-born mother, I qualify to be America’s first Latina president exactly as much as Barack Obama qualifies to be America’s first black president.

So count me surprised (well, actually not) and amused (because it’s so stereotypically liberal) that you, who don’t, as far as I know, have a drop of Hispanic sangre pumping through your tiny corazon, to read about your “Exactly how Cuban are you?” grilling of Texas GOP Sen. (and presidential hopeful) Ted Cruz the other day for Bloomberg.com Politics .  As syndicated columnist Ruben Navarette put it :

‘He told Cruz that people are curious about his ‘identity.’ Then, the host asked a series of questions intended to establish his guest’s Hispanic bona fides. What kind of Cuban food did Cruz like to eat growing up? And what sort of Cuban music does Cruz listen to even now?

“I’ve known Ted for more than a decade and I could tell he was uncomfortable. But he played along, listing various kinds of Cuban food and saying that his musical taste veers more toward country.

“I kept waiting for Halperin to ask Cruz to play the conga drums like Desi Arnaz while dancing salsa and sipping cafe con leche — all to prove the Republican is rally Cuban.

“Just when I thought I’d seen the worst, it got even more offensive. Earlier that day, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, had entered the presidential race. So, Halperin said: ‘I want to give you the opportunity to directly welcome your colleague Sen. Sanders to the race, and I’d like you to do it, if you would, en español.'”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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