“I don’t want to become you,” he said (via Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff). “I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”
The crowd, who had gathered to honor fellow conservative Phyllis Schlafly, must also hate football, er, soccer. Everybody cheered at that line, Woodruff reports.
Holtz’s thesis was that immigrants need to come to the United States to learn to speak English and “become us,” not the other way around.
In May, Holtz publicly endorsed Trump, who has advocated building a wall on the border with Mexico.
“I’ve played his golf course [and] I’ve stayed in his hotel,” Holtz said about why he decided to endorse Trump. “He does nothing but go first class in everything, he wants this country to be first class as well.”
Holtz, who led Notre Dame to the 1988 national championship, has been a longtime supporter of the Republican party. In the 1980s, while coaching at Arkansas, Holtz appeared in campaign ads for former Sen. Jesse Helms, who was well known for his stance against the Civil Rights Act.