As the Denver Post's Lynn Bartels reports, nationally syndicated conservative columnist and Colorado Springs resident Michelle Malkin is once again endorsing Tom Tancredo for Governor of Colorado. In 2010, Malkin endorsed Tancredo when he ran as the American Constitution Party candidate, garnering 36.4% of the statewide vote:
“He’ll protect gun owners, entrepreneurs, and families from the encroachment of Nanny State bureaucrats,” Malkin said in her announcement supporting Tancredo. “He’ll fight both big government and big business special interests. He’ll turn back Obamacare and Common Core. And he’ll continue to battle the scourge of illegal immigration at our borders, in our neighborhoods, and on our economy.”
A regular figure on FOX News and other right-wing media, Malkin is perhaps most famous for her 2004 book, In Defense of Internment: The Case for 'Racial Profiling' in World War II and the War on Terror. Briefly popular among apologists for the Bush administration's tactics in response to the 9/11 terror attacks, Malkin's book was condemned by, among others, Fred Korematsu of the infamous Korematsu vs. U.S. case:
It is painful to see reopened for serious debate the question of whether the government was justified in imprisoning Japanese Americans during World War II. It was my hope that my case and the cases of other Japanese American internees would be remembered for the dangers of racial and ethnic scapegoating…
If someone is a spy or terrorist they should be prosecuted for their actions. But no one should ever be locked away simply because they share the same race, ethnicity, or religion as a spy or terrorist. If that principle was not learned from the internment of Japanese Americans, then these are very dangerous times for our democracy.
We'd say that apologetics for the internment of Japanese Americans is about as bad as it gets in American history–but if you agree, you were probably never going to vote for Tom Tancredo anyway.