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Taking Stock of Peter Brimelow

You may recall that when I took Ann Coulter to task last month for erroneously stating that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley wasn’t born in this country, Peter Brimelow took me to task for not disclosing yours truly “is himself an immigrant.”

 Like Coulter, I gently pointed out that Brimelow was wrong. I explained that I was born in Canada, but have an American father which automatically made me eligible to exercise American citizenship which I did before moving down to the United States more than 15 years ago. Therefore I am not an immigrant to this country. I invited him to correct the record.

Unfortunately, it seems that Brimelow is one of those folks who is unable to admit when he’s wrong. I don’t know if this is a genetic quality. But here is the gist of his reply which was brought to my attention this morning: 

Goldstein’s TAS bio says only that he “was born in Canada” so I don’t see how Goldstein can claim I was “wrong.” Unlike Ted Cruz, he did have a Canadian citizen parent. It’s perhaps a Talmudic point whether this makes him technically an “immigrant,” but he is clearly of of immigrant stock, and did not disclose it.

Here is where Brimelow is wrong. When he read that I was born in Canada, he automatically assumed that I had immigrant status. Well, we all know what happens when one assumes. Anyhow, Brimelow is now stating I am of “immigrant stock” and that I failed to disclose that.

I hate to break it to Brimelow, but it is understood that most people who live in this country have some kind of immigrant background. Thus there is no need to disclose anything. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of people who live in this country, including those whose families have been citizens for generations, are of “immigrant stock” be they German, French, Italian, Scandinavian or, in Brimelow’s case, British. This means that Brimelow is also of immigrant stock which puts the both of us in the same boat whether he likes it or not. The only people who aren’t of immigrant stock are Native Americans. Hence the term Native or Indigeneous peoples.

Of course, I’m not sure why it matters so much to Brimelow whether I am of “immigrant stock” or not. Frankly, I don’t give a damn if Brimelow was born in Britain. I am only interested in the merit of his argument or lack thereof.

I’m also not sure why it matters so much to Brimelow that TAS hasn’t reviewed Ann Coulter’s latest book. It is currently at number 10 on the New York Times Bestsellers List for hardcover non-fiction books. Somehow I doubt Coulter gives a fig whether we review her book or not. Of course, if we were to review Adios! America then you can bet that Brimelow would turn around and promptly complain that the review was written by someone of immigrant stock.

All this talk of immigrant stock or not reviewing Coulter’s book is but a feeble exercise of obfuscation. What it all comes down to that neither Ann Coulter nor he can get their facts straight.

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