Does it make you want to laugh or cry? Arizona pol mistakes YMCA campers for illegal kids

Never mind, says GOP House hopeful Adam Kwasman

Should I laugh or should I cry? It’s not just the title of a 1981 song by Abba – it’s how you sometimes feel when something is either so absurd or so maddening or so something that you’re just not sure how to react. We here at DecodeDC think politics and the actions of those who play in the political arena are filled with laugh or cry moments. We hope you do to.

Arizona state legislator Adam Kwasman is running in a Republican primary for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  This week, he went to Oracle, Ariz., to join a protest over sheltering some of the illegal minor migrants coming over the border. 

“Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law,” Kwasman tweeted from scene.

"I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces. ... This is not compassion," he later told reporter Brahm Resnik.

But there was one little problem.

The bus he saw was filled with YMCA campers heading to the Triangle Y Ranch Camp.  “Tri-Y is an incredible camp that wants to create a magical experience for your child within a safe and nurturing environment,” according to its web site.

When Resnik broke the news to Kwasman that the lawbreakers in the yellow school bus were actually school children heading to sleep-away camp, he said, “They were sad too.” 

This guy has a future in politics.

But how do you feel about this?


Historical footnote:  According to The New York Times, Kwasman, who is Jewish and a tea partier, has a tattoo of Leviticus 25:10 in Hebrew on his right shoulder: “Proclaim liberty throughout the ends of the earth unto all its inhabitants.” One would hope Kwasman had a professional check the translation; it would be a shame if he were mistaken again.

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