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Hannity Chummy With Another Bigotry Supporter

Reported by Ellen - March 22, 2010 -

Sean Hannity seems to have an amazing affinity for anti-black bigots. In addition to the long list of bigots or bigotry supporters he has previously palled around with, we can now include Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA). On the same day that Nunes excused the racist, homophobic slurs thrown at Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and other House Democrats, Nunes was the lead off guest on Hannity to attack discuss the impending health care vote in the House. Not surprisingly, Hannity mentioned neither the tea party epithets nor Nunes indefensibly shrugging off the incident by blaming the left. With video.

During an interview on C-Span yesterday morning (3/21/10) host Steve Scully broached the subject of the ugly jeers made by health care reform protesters as Frank and Lewis walked through the halls of the Capitol.

Nunes responded, “Yeah, well I think that when you use totalitarian tactics, people, you know, begin to act crazy. I think, you know, there’s people that have every right to say what they want. If they want to smear someone, they can do it. It’s not appropriate. And I think I would stop short of characterizing the 20,000 people protesting, that all of them were doing that… I think the left loves to play a couple of incidents here or there.” An excerpt of the interview via Think Progress is the first video below. The complete C-Span interview is the second video below.

But somehow, neither the slurs nor Nunes’ outrageous excuses for them came up on Hannity.

Instead, Nunes echoed similar talking points to the ones he used on C-Span. “The totalitarian tactics that they’re using, Sean, are absolutely incredible, like nothing I’ve never seen. The crazies are in control… This is total destruction of our constitutional republic.”

Then Hannity went on to smear Rep. Alcee Hastings, who just happens to be African American. Hannity played the same brief clip of Hastings that is posted on GOP leader John Boehner’s YouTube channel that, as Mediaite notes, is disingenuously taken out of context. Naturally, Hannity didn’t bother to offer any more context than Boehner did. So much for “fair and balanced” - again.

Nunes didn’t offer any context either. “When I use the term ‘totalitarian,’ that’s what I’m referring to… The only reason that that was actually caught on tape was because C-Span cameras were allowed in. And those guys sit up in that Rules Committee and they say that stuff all the time… They constantly say crazy things. Look, the crazies are in charge. If you’re a Democrat, I don’t mean to insult you, but the Democrat Party left a lot of Americans a long time ago.”

Well, except for the pluralities that most polls show prefer a Democrat-controlled Congress.

Then, after a spate of fear mongering about the bill, Nunes added, “I don’t see how the American people can let crazy leftists from the 1960’s that are based out of Hollywood and San Francisco run this country.”

News flash for Nunes: President Obama is from Illinois, as is his Chief of Staff. Vice President Biden is from Delaware. While it’s true Nancy Pelosi is from San Francisco, Steny Hoyer is from Maryland, James Clyburn is from South Carolina, Harry Reid is from Nevada. Dick Durbin is from Illinois.

Who’s really out of touch with mainstream America?

You can contact Nunes via his webmail here. You can contact the Hannity show at hannity@foxnews.com.