May 31, 2019/Press

AUDIO: Forest Friendship Friday: Rabin–Forest’s Newly Appointed Chairman of Veterans–Offers His Take on Diversity

RALEIGH – This week’s Forest Friendship Friday addresses Dan Forest’s appointment of Colonel Rabin as Chairman of Veterans for his campaign. A previously unreported audio file of then-legislator Rabin at a Johnston County Republican Women’s meeting in October 2015 reveals a problematic side of him and what he thinks about diversity.

At the meeting, Rabin said to a crowd of about 20 people, “Diversity erodes your national power, your national will, your national direction, you can’t have that.”

Full transcript follows:

0:00- Rabin: “When I grew up, the notion of what we were, was a melting pot. Everybody who came here, people will try to say well they are just trying to come here for better jobs just like other immigrants did in 1800s and the waves of immigrants we had. Not true.”

0:18- Rabin: “They came here for one, well a couple of reasons, but the biggest reason was the economic advantage, but they all wanted to speak American and be American. They did not want to be a hyphenated American.”

0:33- Rabin: “We have gotten so far from that now that they teach this whole salad bowl and diversity stuff. Diversity erodes your national power, your national will, your national direction, you can’t have that. People who come here part of the whole process should be, ‘do you want to be an American’?'”

0:55- Rabin: “I tell ya the truth, if I were the governor or the president, or I could write a, what do you call it, an executive order, I would write one that says there ain’t going to be any more forms that have two languages on them.”

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