Megyn Kelly had a lot of nerve "wondering" why civil rights leaders and Rev. Al Sharpton think that racism is involved in Republican attacks on Attorney General Eric Holder. After all, it was Kelly who spent weeks in 2010 helping a Republican activist deliberately gin up racial animosity against Holder - by depicting him as the enabler of scary black men coming to a voting booth near you. Now, she was deliberately ginning up racial animosity against those who might have taken notice.
Kelly’s voice dripped with contempt yesterday as she introduced a debate segment with a clip of civil rights leaders calling attacks on Holder a “witch hunt.”
Guest David Webb, a conservative African American, yet again played the part of what I call the designated black attacker.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m sick of the black, race-hustler Mafia, which is what this is, drumming up something… We have a legal issue, not just one dead border agent, over 300 dead Mexican citizens… and they’re trying to change the narrative.
Kelly read a quote from Rev. Al Sharpton saying that Holder was “in essence ‘stopped and frisked’ without probable cause.”
Webb said emphatically that Democrats were “ABSOLUTELY” playing the race card. “It’s no longer the soft bigotry of low expectations of minorities. It’s the hard bigotry of ‘don’t you dare believe anything but what we tell you.’ Al Sharpton is a race hustler, plain and simple. He’s an old demagogue, along with the others.”
It’s worth noting that it was the other guest, liberal Alan Colmes, who told Webb there was no need for name calling. Kelly didn’t seem to mind.
I’m sorry to say that Colmes, who I think generally does a terrific job on Fox, missed the boat here. He argued that the Republican witch hunt against Holder was not because he’s black but because he’s a Democrat. “People tend to go after the Attorney General of the opposite party.”
Which is true on its face. But what Colmes missed is how race has been deliberately used in the right-wing attacks on Holder, including right there on Fox. And nobody has directed racial hostility toward Holder more than Megyn Kelly. Furthermore, since the voter I.D. laws the right wing promotes will disproportionately impact minorities, tearing down Holder now – when he has committed himself to defending voting rights – is a neat little pre-emptive strike. I’ve been writing about this for years.
And in case you don’t think Kelly was deliberately using race now to demonize Holder’s defenders, check out how, at about 6:10, she interrupted Colmes talking about the details of the Fast and Furious controversy Holder is embroiled in in order to bring the discussion back to race. “Let’s not get too deep into the weeds of Fast and Furious,” she said and brought up more of Sharpton’s racial remarks. “Why is he doing this?” she asked. It would be almost impossible to miss the condemnation in her voice.
Is there a Black Pope in the Vatican? I don’t think so …
Right now, I’m trying to get the drive to take apart Hannity’s pity party- but I honestly ran out of things to say about him a long time ago.