The scandal-plagued New Jersey Democrat has thrown down the race card.
At a Black History Month event held at a Trenton, N.J. church on Sunday, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez blamed conservatives for his ethics scandals, framing them as a racial attack on him because of his Hispanic heritage. “I have felt the sting of discrimination,” he told approximately 300 worshipers, according to the Bergen Record. ”It has never been easy.”
“Now we face anonymous, faceless, nameless individuals from right-wing sources seeking to destroy a lifetime of work,” Menendez said at Shiloh Baptist Church.
“And their smears are false. I have worked too hard and too long in the vineyards, too long with my hands, for the harvest to be soured.”
There should be a default belief about politicians. When they immediately resort to tossing race into a story where it doesn’t belong and is centered on their own illicit behavior, then said politician should be considered guilty. Not in a court of law, of course, but in the court of public opinion. Throw out the race card, you’re guilty.
There’s some evidence that Menendez’s actions are costing him.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll found Menendez’s approval had dropped sharply among New Jersey voters. The poll found that 41 percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Menendez’s job performance while 36 percent approve. A month earlier 51 percent said they approved of the job Menendez is doing while 33 said they disapproved.
Unfortunately, he was just re-elected to another six-year term in November.