‘Douche du Jour’: Chris Harris, Texas State Senator, Blasts Man for Testifying in Spanish
A Republican state senator from Texas was so infuriated when a man testifying before a Senate committee on sanctuary cities spoke in his native Spanish that he publicly lambasted him. According to Raw Story, Texas senator Chris Harris told the man that speaking Spanish was “insulting” if he also knew how to speak English.
The man was testifying against a controversial bill that would ban sanctuary cities— municipalities that follow certain practices designed to protect undocumented immigrants– in Texas by withholding state grant money from them.
The bill passed and now heads to the state House of Representatives.
Senator Harris interrupted the man and asked him to explain why he was speaking in Spanish with the assistance of a translator. He responded in Spanish and his translator said that “Spanish is his first language and since it’s his first time giving testimony he would rather do it in Spanish.”
This really raised Harris’ hackles. “It’s insulting to us,” Harris fumed as the audience muttered in approval. “It’s very insulting, and it means if he knows English, he needs to be speaking in English.”
Unfazed, the man completed his testimony in Spanish.
The next speaker after him, perhaps in solidarity, said: “I had prepared my remarks in English, but I’ve chosen to do them in Spanish. Or in French, s’il vous plaît.”
I suspect that Senator Harris objected as much to the man’s defense of sanctuary cities, of which there are 15 in Texas, as he did to his choice of language. Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and Ft. Worth– the five largest cities in the state– are all sanctuary cities. His anger also seems odd considering that his Senate website contains an option for Spanish translation.
In the video below, Sen. Harris’ interruption occurs around the 2:20 mark.
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