Turns out The Congressional Hispanic Caucus excluded a Republican from their meeting on Thursday, and their reasoning behind it was because their caucus isn’t about ethnicity but instead about sharing liberal viewpoints, reports The Washington Times.

This absurd reason came after the CHC voted to deny Representative Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican, a seat in the caucus.  Curbelo’s parents are from Cuba and the Hispanic Caucus denied him access purely because he is a Republican.

“’The CHC isn’t just an organization for Hispanics; it is a Caucus that represents certain values. This vote reflects the position of many of our members that Rep. Curbelo and his record are not consistent with those values,’ CHC spokesman Carlos Paz Jr. said in a statement.”

Paz did not say what those positions were or what their “values” were that Curbelo could not uphold to, but it fairly obvious that he meant “liberal values.”

Curbelo on Twitter said he was shocked when some CHC members accused him of being “anti-Hispanic.”

“The truth is that they only care about Hispanics as long as they are registered Democrats,” he said.

It is a mystery why the CHC wouldn’t accept Curbelo because as far as Republicans go, he is fairly a left-leaning conservative.  He has continuously called for a solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients and wants to create bi-partisan legislation for a new DREAM act.

He recently just accepted the New Frontier Award for his commitment to combating climate change as well.

Curbelo tweeted his official statement regarding the discrimination on Thursday saying, “It is truly shameful the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has decided to build a wall around the organization to exclude Hispanic-Americans who aren’t registered in the Democratic Party.  This sends a powerful and harmful message of discrimination, bigotry, and division. Unbelievably, petty partisan interests have led the CHC to formally endorse segregation of American Hispanics.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

The party that claims to progressive and inclusive and is fighting discrimination at every turn then goes ahead and discriminates a Hispanic man who is trying to pass legislation they could perhaps be a part of, simply because he is a Republican.

Democrats, especially the ones on the CHC, need to take a good long look in the mirror to see who they are turning into.

You can watch Curbelo’s interview with Fox Business that he did this morning where he says the CHC’s decision to exclude him from the conversation sends a “very ugly message.”

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