Immigrants to the United States should “speak American,” former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said on Sunday, adding her voice to a controversy triggered by Donald Trump’s criticism of Republican rival Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish.
“Speaking American” is a punchline of a joke to show how stupid we are as Americans. Yet, when Palin used it, she really meant it. She actually believes there is a language called “America”.
Obviously, no such language exists, but even if it did, “America” isn’t the United States anyway. We live in North America. Mexicans and others live in Central America. And there is South America. So basically, anyone in North, Central, or South America who speaks their native tongue IS speaking “American”.
But geographical bigotry aside, Palin added hilarity to insult when she spoke more about this on CNN, and made up an “American” word that doesn’t exist:
Partial transcript: I think Republicans and independents, that is the party of tolerance! It certainly doesn’t matter the color of your skin! And some of the other things that uh, you know, are banted round as being, um, kind of the judging barometer of whether somebody is welcome in the party or not.
Wuuuuuuut?!? That is such lovely Palin salad-ism.
And “banted”?? She means bandied, I suppose. Heck, she’s speaking American — who can refudiate that?