Opinion: Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Smears Heroes and Defends Terrorists
Chicago Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez erupted at President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA with a 6 month grace period and directed much of his vitriol toward White House Chief of Staff, John F. Kelly.
Gutierrez called the former Marine general a “hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear. He has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House.”
Contrast that attack with the effusive praise the Congressman directed a few months ago toward Oscar Lopez-Rivera, a convicted FALN terrorist whose 35 year prison sentence was commuted by President Obama in the final days of his Administration. Gutierrez appeared alongside Lopez-Rivera on Univision and said of the unrepentant bombing mastermind “If this were the war for independence of the United States, of the 13 colonies, Oscar Lopez-Rivera, in the London newspapers, they would have said the same of him they said of George Washington.”
Well, Luis might consider that General Washington followed established rules of war and attacked only military targets while Lopez-Rivera bombed and maimed innocent civilians across America.
Apparently the Congressman very much misunderstands what generals actually do. In the case of General Kelly, the man he so publicly besmirched, his service to our nation includes 45 years in uniform, leadership of the assault and capture of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in Iraq in 2003, and tragically losing his own son to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2010. General Kelly personifies service to country.
Making Gutierrez’s calumny even more absurd, the public record of the Congressman himself reveals an ethically challenged political opportunist that seems embarrassing even by Chicago standards. For example, since 2010, he has paid his wife $385,000 from his own campaign funds, a practice that, while technically legal, clearly smacks of nepotism and self-dealing. But sleazy tactics have long been the modus operandi of Gutierrez. Over 20 years ago he was exposed by the Chicago Tribune for securing a property tax bill of $274 on a home then worth about $340,000 – while his next door neighbor with an almost identical home, built by the same builder, paid $5,000 in property taxes.
As an Hispanic, and a supporter of President Trump, I believe that Democratic hucksters like Gutierrez have, for far too long, taken communities of color for granted. As a grandstanding camera hog, Luis seems always willing to race bait, or even assail an American hero like General Kelly – but he seems totally unable to produce tangible results that improve the security and prosperity of his community. Consider, for example, that according to a recent UIC study, among minority men in Chicago, 20% of Hispanics and 47% of blacks are neither employed nor in school. What a tragedy! Those young men would do well to emulate a man like General Kelly, rather than a charlatan like Luis Gutierrez.
– Steve Cortes, a 20 year Chicago resident, is a Fox News Contributor and Trump for President 2016 spokesman.