"Hispanic Caucus offended by images in Boehner’s fearmongering video."
On Wednesday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) released a fearmongering video, asking if Americans “feel safer” under President Obama. But one image in the video has caused outrage in Congress. After a shot of Obama shaking hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the video cuts to an image of Obama meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus:
Yesterday, the group sent a letter to Boehner, demanding an apology “for the inclusion of the picture of the CHC meeting with President Obama in the video.” “The video posted on Congressman John Boehner’s official website is a completely inappropriate message for the leader of the minority party to send to the American people,” said Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), chairwoman of the CHC. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) called the video “not only inflammatory,” but also “racist.” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, however, dismissed the CHC criticism as “beyond silly.”