A day after Dave Brat’s shocking primary win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said amnesty, which was the signature that led to Cantor’s downfall, resonates with American workers because of the impact it will have on their livelihoods.
Appearing on Fox News’ Hannity, Palin said “amnesty will decimate Main Street” because the “flooding ” of “foreign citizens into the country competing for American jobs will flatline our economy” and cause “more unemployment for American workers.” Indeed, the Congressional Budget Office has determined that the Senate’s amnesty bill will lower the wages of American workers. And Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has hammered that point home whenever he gets a chance, declaring that that massive amnesty legislation hurts American workers of every background and ethnicity, especially those on the lower end of the economic ladder.
Palin said those who did not understand Brat’s appeal do not have a “thumb on the pulse of what many Americans are thinking” and underestimated the “wisdom of the people.”
Brat’s victory was a referendum against amnesty. But Brat also used the amnesty issue to more broadly indict Wall Street cronyism that leaves working Americans holding the bag.