Satanic Influence of Illegal Immigrants and Liberals Debated by Utah GOP

So not kidding: Christian nationalist whackos commandeered the Utah County Republican Convention last weekend and came very close to making Utah Republicans into a national joke:

Illegal aliens are in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats, are trying to “destroy Christian America” and replace it with “a godless new world order — and that is not extremism, that is fact,” Larsen said.

Utah County Republicans ended their convention on Saturday by debating Satan’s influence on illegal immigrants…

Don Larsen, chairman of legislative District 65 for the Utah County Republican Party, had submitted a resolution warning that Satan’s minions want to eliminate national borders and do away with sovereignty.

In a speech at the convention, Larsen told those gathered that illegal immigrants “hate American people” and “are determined to destroy this country, and there is nothing they won’t do.”

Illegal aliens are in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats, are trying to “destroy Christian America” and replace it with “a godless new world order — and that is not extremism, that is fact,” Larsen said.

At the end of his speech, Larsen began to cry, saying illegal immigrants were trying to bring about the destruction of the U.S. “by self invasion.”

After Larsen spoke, other delegates rose to agree with him:

One speaker, who was identified as “Joe,” said illegal immigrants were Marxist and under the influence of the devil. Another, who declined to give her name … said illegal immigrants should not be allowed because “they are not going to become Republicans and stop flying the flag upside down. … If they want to be Americans, they should learn to speak English and fly their flag like we do.”

Finally, a grownup took the floor:

[State] Senator Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, spoke against the resolution, saying Larsen, whom he called a “true patriot and a close friend,” was embarrassing the Republican Party.

“I agree with 95 percent of this resolution but it has some language that is divisive and not inspiring other people to its vision,” he said. “This only gives fodder to the liberal media to give negative attention to the Republican Party.”

When Joe Wright, a local elected official, voiced support for Pres. Bush, he was booed — twice:

“This might be the most divisive issue in the Republican Party,” he said. “I support President Bush but he needs to support this issue harder.”

When Wright said “the economic benefit (of illegal immigration) outweighs the downside” he was jeered. He warned that the Republican Party of California had “killed themselves” by taking a hostile stance against illegal aliens … He ended by saying “President Bush needs to fix this now” and was booed again.

Larsen was given the floor again to finish the sale:

“If the Democrats take over the country, we will be dead, and we will have abortion and partial-birth abortion and the Republican Party will go into extinction,” he said. “Nancy Pelosi and the ACLU would oppose this (resolution).”

But when it came time to vote on Larsen’s resolution to officially name illegal aliens and liberals as being in league with Satan, it turned out that most of the attendees had voted with their fee:

Eventually party officials counted all delegates in attendance, only to discover that, with 299, they were about 30 short of a quorum and could take no action.

It is true that Gov. Pete Wilson drove the California GOP off a cliff with his nakedly political attack on illegal aliens in the 1990s. The ugly, bullying language had the unintended consequence of energizing Latino communities, transforming millions of legal residents from either apolitical nonvoters or registered Republicans into Democrats. With the exception of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s two elections, these new voters have provided a durable majority in state and federal elections in the state’s largest counties.

It would be poetic justice if the conservatives’ compulsive mean streak toward the disenfranchised turned out to be its Achilles heel.

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