On Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), one of the key leaders behind the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that passed the Senate last week, declared that the push to pass comprehensive immigration reform would be “one of the greatest civil rights movements we’ve ever seen.”

It was only the latest attempt by Democrats to use the civil rights movement–largely a movement against Democratic governments–to push a partisan cause.

In 2009-10, Democrats used the civil rights movement as a template for the Obamacare push. Nancy Pelosi, oversized gavel in hand, and several other lawmakers staged a march through the crowd of thousands of Tea Party protestors that was meant to imitate the marches of the civil rights era. When their gesture failed to elicit the hoped-for racist response, they pretended that it had, launching the “Tea Party N-word” smear.

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