You knew Jon Stewart would have a savagely funny take on Rudy Giuliani’s asinine offensive comments about President Obama, and here it is.
Rudy Giuliani is now doing the well-known Wingnut Walk-Back, after his ugly statements that President Obama doesn’t love America; he’s already gone through the initial hate speech eruption and the denial stage, and now it’s time for the non-apology apology.
Obviously, I cannot read President Obama’s mind or heart, and to the extent that my words suggested otherwise, it was not my intention. When asked last week whether I thought the president was a patriot, I said I did, and would repeat that. I bear him no ill will, and in fact think that his personal journey is inspiring and a testament to much of what makes this country great.
He’s not apologizing, of course, we all know that. He meant to spew that nastiness, and he’s only saying these things because he dimly perceives the possibility of political damage for the Republican Party, after putting Scott Walker on the spot and forcing him to pander to the far right as well.
See, he was just “trying to start a conversation.”
But whether you agree or not with what I said last week, I hope the intention behind those words can be the basis for a real conversation about national leadership and the importance of confidence and optimism in framing America’s way forward. I hope also that our president will start acting and speaking in a way that draws sharp, clear distinctions between us and those who threaten our way of life.
Why isn't John Legend considering that blacks commit way more crimes?
Actually, John Legend, it's racist that we don't jail more black criminals. They are disproportionately released…
John Legend should read up on the MAOA gene & black crime.
Stating the truth about crime is a hate crime.
You know, black friends, when you threaten to kill me for pointing out that more blacks should be in jail you kind of make my point….
Yes, Scott Walker is now going there: Walker Says He Is Unaware Whether Obama Is a Christian.
Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
“To me this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and increasingly they dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”
Does anyone believe Walker has never heard Obama talk about his Christianity? He apparently thinks he can fool people into thinking he isn’t pandering to the far right base of Fox News-indoctrinated clones — the base that thinks Obama hates America and is a secret Muslim sympathizer. He’s attacking the media for asking this question because he knows that always plays well with the wingnut crowd.
Walker clearly knows he’s going to need the support of these people when he runs for president, because that’s what the conservative movement has become.
As if to prove my point, here’s who Scott Walker was pandering to:
I don’t think Barack Obama is a Christian. He certainly is not one in any meaningful way.
If you’ve watched right wing politics at all, Rudy Giuliani’s latest statements will come as no surprise — now he’s painting himself as a persecuted victim after his ugly comments that President Obama “doesn’t love America.”
The former New York mayor told CNN on Friday that the majority of the calls about his remarks have been supportive, including from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
But Giuliani also said that his office secretary had reported receiving death threats since POLITICO first published his remarks late Wednesday night. Giuliani didn’t tell CNN if he had alerted police to those calls, and a New York Police Department spokeswoman contacted Saturday said it is department policy not to release any information about potential victims.
Presented without comment.
How much money do you think we'd have to raise to find some man who will admit to having had sex with Barack Obama?
(Disclaimer: Chuck C. Johnson is NOT ME.)
A Dallas Morning News editorial on that absolutely disgraceful display of anti-Muslim hatred at the Texas Capitol pulls no punches: Editorial: Capitol Spectacle Brings Shame on Texas.
It was Texas Muslim Capitol Day in Austin, an annual event for visitors of that faith to visit the seat of state government, meet lawmakers and learn about the political process.
What they learned instead was the ugliness that people are capable of.
The Muslim visitors’ right to peaceful assembly - one of five rights enshrined in the First Amendment — was violated by a small group of morons. Hair flying, one banshee seized the microphone and shrieked nonsense revealing irrational fears more than anything.
Her diatribe created a Lone Star YouTube moment that affirms the worst stereotypes about Texas — that we’re a bunch of slack-eye cousins to the backwater creatures of Deliverance.
Tell your in-laws in New York that we’re not all hateful, hayseed, redneck, ignorant Bubbas. Yes, we do have hateful, hayseed, redneck ignorant Bubbas in Texas. YouTube doesn’t lie.
This rancid garbage comes straight from the likes of Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Frank Gaffney and Fox News, who’ve been relentlessly poisoning the discourse about Islam in this country for years.
Right wing loons are always demanding that Muslims renounce terrorism and show their loyalty to the United States.
Texas Muslim Capitol Day, which began in 2003, is organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and brings members of Muslim communities in Houston, Dallas and other areas of the state to the Capitol to learn about the political process and meet state lawmakers. Texas has the eighth-largest Muslim population in the United States, with more than 420,000 Muslims residing in the state, according to estimates from the Texas State Historical Association.
Even before participants in Thursday’s event — about 100 Muslims, mostly children — could get to lawmakers’ offices, they encountered opposition from a group of about 25 protesters outside the Capitol holding signs. One said, “Radical Islam is the New Nazi.” Another said, “Go Home & Take Obama With You.”
The Muslim group held a press conference on the South steps of the Capitol, where one of the protesters yanked the microphone from an event organizer, shouting, “Islam will never dominate the United States and by the grace of God, it will never dominate Texas.”
As the group of Muslims continued the event by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the interruptions persisted, with the protesters yelling, “Islam is a lie!” and “No Sharia here!”
And state representative Molly White played a major role in inciting this bad craziness.
Freshman state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, is not in Austin today to celebrate Texas Muslim Capitol Day. But she left instructions for the staff in her Capitol office on how to handle visitors who are, including asking them to declare allegiance to the United States.
“I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws,” she posted on Facebook. “We will see how long they stay in my office.”
AFA “Repudiates” Chief Spokesman’s Racist and Anti-Gay Statements Before Hosting Israel Trip for RNC
In a followup to the American Family Association’s “repudiation” of raving hate-monger Bryan Fischer, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that they received a letter from the AFA trying to distance themselves from Fischer’s racist and anti-gay statements.
The SPLC isn’t buying it, and neither should anyone else. The AFA is simply trying to save face and maintain their connections to the Republican Party, because their extremist bigotry has finally gotten some media attention; and Fischer is far from the only hate-spewing loon in this organization.
The repudiation of Bryan Fischer’s statements came just two days before members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) are scheduled to embark on a trip to Israel sponsored by the AFA.
Last week, the SPLC wrote to all 168 members of the RNC urging them not to accompany the AFA on the trip because of the group’s long track record of bigotry and hate. The SPLC has named the AFA as a hate group due to its history of making false, demonizing statements about the LGBT community, including Fischer’s contention that gay men were responsible for the Holocaust.
SPLC President Richard Cohen, in a letter to the AFA today (see below), wrote that “it’s difficult to see the AFA’s disavowal as anything other than an effort to quell the negative press attention you’re receiving in connection with your sponsorship of an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel for members of the Republican National Committee.”
Fischer has claimed, for example, that black people “rut like rabbits”; that the First Amendment applies only to Christians; that Hispanics are “socialists by nature” and come to the U.S. to “plunder” the country; that Muslims should not be permitted to build mosques in the United States; that an underground railroad is needed to protect children from gay parents; and more.
You’ll have to click to see this amazingly crazy email I received tonight from someone in Monterey, because it’s pretty damned disturbing, not to mention racist and antisemitic. Holocaust Remembrance Day always excites the lunatics.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.