Now, a radical right-wing talk show host from Boston, Jay Severin, has taken it one step too far and stated that the reason we have the "swine flu" here is because of the Mexicans crossing the boarder, even though it has been proven that the majority of those here who have contracted the virus got it while visiting Mexico.
From the War Room at Salon and Think Progress:
The rhetoric on talk radio about Mexicans and swine flu has been getting pretty nasty, and now one Boston-area host has taken it so far that he's been indefinitely suspended.
Conservative talker Jay Severin was suspended indefinitely today by Boston's WTKK-FM after using the current swine flu outbreak to attack Mexicans and immigrants. On his radio show, Severin blamed the swine flu on what he called "some of the world's lowest of primitives in poor Mexico."
WTKK-FM isn't disclosing what comments led to Jay Severin's suspension, but they certainly had plenty of material to choose from. In a broadcast this week, Severin said:
Now, in addition to venereal disease and the other leading exports of Mexico -- women with mustaches and VD -- now we have swine flu... When we are the magnet for primitives around the world -- and it's not the primitives' fault, by the way, I'm not blaming them for being primitives, I'm merely observing they are primitives -- and when you scoop up some of the world's lowest of primitives in poor Mexico and drop it down in the middle of the United States -- poor, without skills, without language, not share our culture, not share our hygiene, haven't been vaccinated... Millions of leeches from a primitive country come here to leech off you...
Now, at this particular moment in history, they are exporting to us a rather more active form of disease, which is the swine flu.
Severin also referred to "crimaliens" and "criminaliens" and said he's surprised this is the first time Mexico has been responsible for unleashing disease on the U.S.
The host's lawyer, George Tobia, told the Boston Globe he expects his client back on the air at some point.
With any luck, his lawyer will be wrong and he'll be off the air for a very long time.
There is audio for this at both the War Room and Think Progress.