Donald Trump supporter Sheriff David Clarke outdid Donald Trump in insulting African Americans on the Hannity show last night. But when Geraldo Rivera objected, host Sean Hannity complained that was unfair to Clarke.
The discussion was part of Hannity’s late-night coverage of the vice presidential debate earlier in the evening, between Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Governor Mike Pence.
It was set up to be unfair and imbalanced with the choice of guests. Clarke spoke at the Republican convention while Rivera is a Fox News correspondent. In other words, there was a Trump surrogate and no Clinton representative.
And then there was Mr. Arm Of The Trump Campaign, himself, Sean Hannity.
Clarke, wearing his ridiculous cowboy hat, started the sneering straight away. “Senator Kaine came off as a raging lunatic,” Clarke said. “I thought we were going to have a Howard Dean moment for a moment there.”
Hannity laughed heartily and loudly off camera.
Then Clarke launched into a gratuitous attack on African Americans.
CLARKE: But you know, [Kaine] mentioned a couple things I think are worth talking about. One is that Kaine said that he criticized Donald Trump for saying African Americans live in hell. I said that before Donald Trump did. I said the American ghetto is a hellhole.
Unless Mrs. Bill Clinton and Senator Kaine think it’s OK for blacks to live in entrenched poverty, with failing schools, inadequate housing, in crime-infested neighborhoods. He also mentioned about community policing. Community policing will not work where you have an entrenched underclass that is culturally dysfunctional. Because it’s a two-way street and you can’t just have a one-sided effort by the police. So there’s a number of things where Tim Kaine doesn’t understand policing and I think Donald Trump and Governor Pence do.
Clarke has a long record of attacking African Americans on Fox News but this may take the cake. Besides the outright insult of calling poor blacks “culturally dysfunctional,” Clarke was suggesting that only authoritarianism can save them.
Perhaps Rivera would have gotten to that. But first, he objected to the insult.
RIVERA: You know, first of all, to Sheriff Clarke’s point about the hellhole, quote, unquote that blacks live in. I don’t know where Sheriff Clarke lives in Milwaukee County but I can tell you, as a native-born New Yorker who rides my bicycle everywhere, who knows every street, every corner in this town, Harlem is not a hellhole. I got news for you there.
Beautiful brownstones there, there are a striving middle class, there’s new restaurants opening all the time. To generalize like that and to call that…
Hannity, who had not challenged a word Clarke said, now interrupted Rivera. “Geraldo, you’re being unfair to Sheriff Clarke,” Hannity said. “Look at Chicago, come on.”
This is not the first time Hannity has stopped someone from objecting to blatant anti-black racism on his show. When another of his African American, black-attacking pals called "most blacks" in Tennessee "so racist," Hannity refused to allow his other guest to challenge the accusation.
Watch Hannity do it again below, from the October 5, 2016 early morning Hannity show.
And I hate his stupid fucking hat, too.
And, just think — Hannity and Clarke are two of the rightwingnuts who constantly refer to African Americans who vote Democratic as “trapped on the Democrat [sic] plantation.”
Guess their problem isn’t so much with blacks being on a “plantation,” as much as it’s with them (rightwing repubs) NOT being the overseers on that plantation.
Keep that “republican outreach” going, guys. After the election, when you’re wondering why both Drumpf/Kane got their asses thoroughly kicked, and Drumpf got ~ 0% of the the African American vote, you can look back on moments like these, and understand why . . .