Perhaps this was a misplaced attempt to bond with the Hispanic community in search for votes. Either that or it was offensive. Let's go with offensive. When called on his racist comment, Rep. Don Young gave a response equivalent to "Some of my best friends are Hispanic," explaining that the term "wetback" is just tried and true lexicon usage.
Alaskan Rep. Don Young, one of the most senior Republicans in the House, has apologized for using the racial slur "wetbacks" in referring to Hispanic migrant workers. The Republican congressman dropped the racial slur during an interview with the Alaska radio station KRBD when talking about the changing market for U.S. labor jobs.
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Rep Don Young"wetback has always been used in the Same way"