While out pimping his book, Pat Buchanan made an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, where he exposed himself with a statement as racist as it was whiny: Id like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country.
COLMES: Would you prefer only white immigrants?
BUCHANAN: No. What I would like is Id like the country I grew up in. It was a good country. I lived in Washington, D.C., 400,000 black folks, 400,000 white folks, in a country 89 or 90 percent white. I like that country. We didnt vote to change it. In 1965, in the Immigration Act, Teddy Kennedy said were going to maintain immigration at about present levels and numbers, and we will not consciously alter the character
COLMES: All right, but are you saying we should work to keep an 89 percent white country? Is that what you believe we should do?
BUCHANAN: No, no. What I believe is that people should not deliberately alter the character and composition of the country without consulting the American people. If you adopt two children, Alan, youre going to go in and youre going to decide who comes. Who should decide who comes and who doesnt? First, illegals should not come. Secondarily, the American people should be consulted how many immigrants come, what are the criteria. And we havent been consulted.
COLMES: But it sounds like what youre saying, though, that we should keep the status as it was back then, with the certain percentages of different ethnic groups, meaning 89 percent white, not changing that to any great extent. Is that pretty much what youre saying?
BUCHANAN: That is what 1964, John F. Kennedys book was reprinted. You know what he said? He said we should change no higher immigration, and what we should do is the quotas given to Germans, and Irish, and English, and others that are not used should be given to folks from Eastern Europe and Southern Europe. Thats what Kennedy said. I would go along with that. I supported that in a book.