Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is known for his impassioned town hall speeches. So maybe it should come as no surprise that he let loose again during another gathering, raised his voice, and said Democrats want to make Hispanics "dependent on government" just like the party has done with African Americans.
After a constituent asked about a specific vote at a recent meeting, Walsh launched into an explanation about how his job is to limit government. Then he got excited.
"I get wound up," Walsh shouted. "Boy, do I get wound up. I am scared, I really am scared, Patrick," he said while raising his arms and addressing someone in the crowd, "that we're past the point. We have so many people now dependent on government. So many people want handouts. The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything. They want the Hispanic vote, they want Hispanics to be dependent on government, just like they got African Americans dependent on government. That's their game."
"Jesse Jackson would be out of work if [African Americans] weren't dependent on government," he added.
You can see the full question and answer starting at 7:15 below (the response by itself is found in the second video):
While some will accept Walsh's comments as benign, he is facing some criticism. The Huffington Post labeled it a "controversial" remark and characterized it as yet another slip up.
But consider this: the group that uploaded the second video is an anti-Tea Party super PAC with a goal to "take down" Walsh this year.