Mark Levin went on a tirade about all the wonderful things the GOP has done for African Americans. Unfortunately for his thesis, Levin’s subtext was that blacks are just too stupid to get it.
Levin visited the Hannity show last night to do his part to get out the disaffected conservative vote, which was the show’s focus.
Right at the beginning, Levin undermined his later contention when he smeared Al Sharpton. After a clip of Obama calling into Sharpton’s radio show was played, Levin sneered, “I didn’t know Al Sharpton could speak in complete sentences and I’m still not certain that he can.”
Hannity didn’t object. Not long after, he complained, “I often point out that during every election, I see the Democrats play the race card. …What are we to make of that tactic? How should they (Republicans) respond?”
Levin offered this stuck-in-the-sixties diatribe as a defense of Republicans vis-à-vis race:
What we’re to make of it is this is a hateful race-baiting party that has really no good ideas, let alone new ideas and I hope African Americans around the country understand that the Democrat Party has always used them. The Democrat Party stood for slavery against Lincoln. It stood for segregation – all the way up from the Civil War into the 1950s and 60s. The first Civil Rights Act was actually 1957, Dwight Eisenhower. He sent the Army into Arkansas to open up that school when a Democrat governor was blocking the doorway, Faubus
You can look through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Most Republicans voted for it. The 1965 Voting Rights Act – most Republicans voted for it. You can look at FDR’s first nominee to the Supreme Court, Hugo Black, was a former lawyer for the Klan in Alabama. You can look at Robert Byrd, that wasn’t that long ago when the Democrats rallied behind him and made them their majority leader in the senate – former Klansman.
Republicans don’t have a history of lynching anybody. They don’t have a history of blocking school doors. They don’t have a history of racism of any kind. And for once, I’d like a Republican to stand up and rub the Democrats face in their real history.
Besides the fact that Levin can’t seem to think of anything the Republicans have done for African Americans in the last 50 years (while accusing Democrats of having no new ideas), the underlying assumption is that if African Americans don’t vote Republican (which they don’t), they must either be too stupid or too ignorant or too gullible - or all three - to know better.
But Levin clearly doesn’t have a very sensitive hypocrisy detector. In the same segment in which he complained about President Obama being “very divisive,” Levin said that Obama’s “full Mussolini” will come out after the election. “He’s going to do everything he can in the last two years of his presidency to further screw up the country,” Levin predicted.
And just to prove how he’s such a uniter, not a divider, Levin concluded his ranting about how awful the Democrats are with, “They need to get a good swift kick in the ass in this election.”
“Well said,” Hannity said approvingly.
Watch it below, from last night's Hannity show, and see why Levin almost certainly did nothing to help get out the black vote for Republicans.
I know the odds are astronomical against the Democrats gaining control of the House, and it’s a very real possibility that the R’s will control the Senate after the upcoming election, but I do find it amazing that states like Georgia and Kentucky are mathematically in play for the Democrats. I’m not sure if that’s a temporary hiccup or the start of a trend.
This guys “interpretation” of what Levin said is worth what. Nothing… in fact a net minus.
Levin didn’t say that whatsoever, but moreover than leftists are RACISTS who do all they can to use minorities, obscure and obfuscate and this “interpretation” PROVE IT!
You leftists are pathetic. How do you look in the mirror without wretching?
Turner would often call him on his radio show, and visit him at WABC radio in New York City. Levin, a Jewish man, should re-examine his friendship with that man. Anyone who befriends a neo-Nazi says a lot about that person.
I always appreciate your comments but please do not mischaracterize my feelings about Sharpton as equating him with MLK. As I have repeatedly said, I have mixed feelings about him. I have been (and remain) especially critical about his mostly turning a blind eye to the racism and race baiting on Fox News.
I don’t mind people criticizing Sharpton but my point in this post was that Levin’s smear was gratuitously disrespectful, had nothing to do with Sharpton’s actions and – most of all – severely undercut Levin’s “it’s the GOP that’s really a friend to African Americans” argument.
Since when is the gov’t supposed to do ANYTHING for a certain group of people? Get off your ass and do something for yourself.
Astute observation. And Obama has been tearing up the middle class do pit Americans against Americans in any way, shape or form. It’s right out of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals”. It’s much easier to rule over a country that is divided. Until the combatants wake up and figure out who the real enemy is, and gets rid of them. Because the Democrats have no free thinkers and are in lockstep with each other bound by the fear of not being supported come election time, it’s time for them to go. People are waking up to this now, and are resolved to vote this misrepresentation out.