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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Missing Lou Holtz? Not us. Immigrants either, most likely

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 7:20 AM

click to enlarge PURPLE BAGGER: Note Crown Royal sack in Lou Holtz's hand Nonday night at Republican National Convention.
  • PURPLE BAGGER: Note Crown Royal sack in Lou Holtz's hand Nonday night at Republican National Convention.
Former Razorback football coach Lou Holtz, whose conservative politics caused a bit of friction during his days in Arkansas, is back in the limelight again for political activities at the Republican National Convention.

This time, Holtz's mouth was aimed at immigrants, in remarks during an anti-abortion luncheon he attended to honor ultraconservative icon Phyllis Schlafly.

The Daily Beast reports:

Holtz said the high number of immigrants coming to the U.S. constitutes an “invasion.” And he said new immigrants need to assimilate better. Holtz added that his grandparents learned English after immigrating to the U.S. from Ukraine, and insisted his family learn it as well. New immigrants to this country, he continued, need to learn and speak English and “become us.”

“I don’t want to become you,” he continued. “I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”
The crowd laughed and applauded. 

That wasn't all. He channeled Mitt Romney in suggesting a lack of work ethic on the part of the 47 percenters.

“A lot of people make a living by the way they vote,” Holtz said. “Forty-seven percent of people make a living by the way they vote.”

“They can make a living by the way they vote,” he continued, “but they can’t make a life.”

Holtz also said he has to park his van in the back of his church’s parking lot and back it into a spot there because it sports a bumper sticker that embarrasses his wife. He said the sticker is directed at some of his golf buddies, and reads, “Jesus loves you. Everybody else thinks you’re an asshole.”
Who's the asshole?

Also speaking of Lou: He was spotted on the convention floor Monday night toting around a Crown Royal whiskey bag, in a photo posted on Twitter.

Holtz was forced to quit as Arkansas coach in 1983 shortly after filming some TV commercial for U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, the moss-backed Republican from North Carolina. The ouster also followed a mediocre season for the Hogs. Holtz went on to other high-profile jobs, including at Notre Dame.

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