And here it is, Sean Hannity’s five minutes of gloriously defensive right wing ranting; he seems to think everybody will now just forget he’s been praising Cliven Bundy for weeks as a hero of the conservative movement and a true patriot.
Here’s a recording of right wing hero Cliven Bundy on libertarian Peter Schiff’s show, saying “the statement was right.” And he’s “wondering.” That’s all he was doing, “wondering” if “the nigra” was actually better off picking cotton as a slave. He was just, you know, asking questions.
Meanwhile, at the Bundy Ranch Facebook page, Bundy’s followers are still trying to claim his words were “twisted” and “taken out of context.”
There are new rumors going around about Cliven. We all know that with the media, words are taken out of context, meanings are twisted, and they can take anything and turn it into what they want it to be. Cliven is a good man, he loves all people, he is not a racist man. He wants what is best for everyone.
Wingnut demagogue Dana Loesch was one of Bundy’s biggest admirers, lavishing praise on him since the standoff began, but now she’s desperately making excuses. Apparently, Bundy’s main failing was that he wasn’t media savvy enough to keep these racist opinions to himself: On Cliven Bundy’s Remark.
I hope no one is surprised that an old man rancher isn’t media trained to express himself perfectly. He seems to be decrying what big government has done to the black family — which big government has negatively affected not just the black family, but all families regardless of ethnicity — so perhaps he included that in his remarks against big government?
Good grief. This is one of those very clarifying moments for the right wing. Nobody can deny all the signs were there long before Bundy outed himself as a throwback racist. Racism is an integral part of the libertarian far right, but the smart ones usually try to hide it, as Dana Loesch admits; Cliven Bundy is not one of the smart ones.
But the argument Bundy made about “the nigra” being better off under slavery is an absolutely standard mainstream right talking point; we’ve posted many examples of it here at LGF. The main difference between the standard conservative line and Bundy, though: Bundy used a word that clarified the real meaning, and turned the dog whistle into a high decibel air horn.
Immediately after Cliven Bundy’s racist rant surfaced in the New York Times, right wing shills all over the Internet started trying to spin it; more than one of them tried to outright deny he said it, because the quotes appeared in the New York Times and we all know how evil they are.
But lo and behold, the video of his ugly tirade has now come to light. And it’s even worse than reading it; Bundy pronounces the word “negro” as “nigra,” because of course he does.
Cliven Bundy questioned whether black Americans were “better off as slaves” or “better off under government subsidy.” His remarks initially appeared in a New York Times article on April 23.
As if the Bundy Ranch right wing cause célèbre weren’t already stupid and hateful enough:
He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
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