A Pennsylvania delegate to the Republican National Convention, Mark Harris, and his wife, were “highly offended” by the mere presence of “a person from Mexico” working at Disney’s Epcot theme park in the America Pavillion.
“Prior to National Republican Convention we visited Disney for three days,” Harris’ wife Irene wrote on the couple’s blog, Rock Star GOP. “During our time at Epcot we visited the different countries. It was neat seeing each country and the employees were from that individual country. Then we visited America . . . one would think you would find American employees. We were offended to find a person from Mexico working in America. Mark spoke up and told them he was highly offended after visiting the other countries and seeing employees from that country and then come to America and find a Mexican. He was very civil but his point was well made.”
No report yet as to how they determined the Disney employee’s country of origin.
Think Progress reports:
The local GOP in Snyder County, Pennsylvania has rushed to disavow Harris’ overtly racist comments. County Commissioner Malcolm Derk told The Daily Item, “Americans are people of any race, color or heritage. Cheers to the individual working at Epcot for showing what a true American looks like.”
According to their website, “Mark and Irene are both pro‐life, believe marriage is between one man and one woman, are for open records and transparency, believe in very conservative principles and the Republican platform.”
The RNC has been marred by racist incidents this week; on Tuesday, two delegates had to be escorted out after throwing peanuts at a black camerawoman and called her an “animal.” Harris told RealClearPolitics at the beginning of the convention that he liked how Romney was “hitting all the conservative bells” and “has the potential to be a great president if he keeps going in that direction.”
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