Many conservatives now rush to distance themselves from racist comments by recent Libertarian ranch hero Cliven Bundy after his shocking interview in the New York Times yesterday in a comic parade of reversal.
In Joe Scarborough: Fox News Was ‘Exposed’ By Cliven Bundy Saying That Blacks Are ‘Better Off As Slaves’, The Cajun Boy brings us this YouTube clip and partial transcript of Joe Scarborough saying "I told you so" to conservatives who embrace Clive Bundy despite his warnings.
Youtube: MSNBC Joe Scarbourogh
On MSNBC this morning, Joe Scarborough, who’s been calling bullsh*t on this guy since the get-go and has blasted his fellow Republicans who’ve championed his cause, had some things to say about Bundy’s racist remarks.
“There’s nothing conservative about this man. This is where nihilism about the federal government gets you in trouble every time,” Scarborough noted. “This has happened before. It happened when conservatives raced blindly to put their arms around George Zimmerman, a man who gets in all these troubles. They basically pick their friends based on who their enemies are. In this case, a lot of people in conservative media have raced to this guy’s defense. They must be feeling very exposed this morning.”
It should be noted that 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Rand Paul has also been hailing this guy as some kind of hero. (UPDATE: Paul is now distancing himself from Bundy.) Take it away, Joe…
For those of you without the patience to watch the full nine minute segment Seth McLaughlin, of the Washington Times provides a more detailed descriptiont in ‘Conservatives’ should feel exposed by Bundy’s racist comments: Scarborough.
Former Florida Rep. Joe Scarborough said that the “conservatives” that rallied to Cliven Bundy’s side “must feel very exposed” now that the rancher has used his standoff with the government over illegally grazing his cattle on federal land to pontificate on race.
Mr. Scarborough, a Republican co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” suggested that Mr. Bundy’s comments show that he is not the sort of character that conservatives should embrace.
Mr. Bundy said, according to the New York Times, that African-Americans “abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton.”
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Mr. Bundy said, according to The Times, before talking about a public-housing project in North Las Vegas.
“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.
Adam Nagourney reports Senator Rand Paul's statement this morning distancing himself from Clive Bundy, in Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Makes Ridiculously Racist Comments, Says Blacks Might Have Been 'Better Off' As Slaves
Bundy's case has won support from prominent national conservatives, including Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Dean Heller of Nevada. In a statement provided by a spokesman for Paul to Business Insider on Thursday, Paul denounced Bundy's comments.
"His remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him," Paul said.
Heller also immediately distanced himself from Bundy's new controversial remarks.
"Senator Heller completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way," spokesman Chandler Smith said in an email.
Yes, friends, these leaders are "shocked, truly shocked to discover racism rearing its ugly head in right-wing extremist politics, of all places!" Who could have imagined this? Senators Rand Paul, and Dean Heller must feel so betrayed and duped.
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