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Republican Anti-Anti Racism Reaches Its Logical Conclusion

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Shorter Tucker Carlson and Laura Inghram: only a dirty liberal would condemn someone for refusing to condemn the KKK.

I’m so old I remember when Tucker Carlson was the moderate, reasonable, thinking person’s conservative MSNBC spent years trying to force-feed the American public.

[HT Malaclypse]

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  • N__B

    “It’s the truth that you should never trust anybody who wears a bow tie. Cravat’s supposed to point down to accentuate the genitals. Why’d you wanna trust somebody whose tie points out to accentuate his ears?”

    • I was waiting for someone else to acknowledge the State and Main reference, but I’ll step up.

  • It’s obviously racist to accuse David Duke of being a racist.

    • petesh

      Who on earth could you possibly mean? I never heard of such a person.

    • delazeur

      Duh, only racists talk about race.

    • alex284

      Of course it’s racist. Why are white people the only race not allowed to organize? Anyone who doesn’t join the KKK is the real racist here.

  • pianomover

    It’s not about hate it’s about heritage by golly.

    • Nobdy

      The Klan buys lots of sheets, and they buy American made.

      Repudiating them is repudiating American manufacturing and the heartland!

      It’s about stimulating the economy, not hate.

      • Davis X. Machina

        Mother Jones article on the seamstresses of the KKK.

        Really. “Aryan Outfitters”

        • postmodulator

          I used to walk past an Urban Outfitters almost every day, and I’m kicking myself for missing such an obvious joke.

  • I can’t wait for the follow up, when they blame the Tweets on liberal Voodoo.

    • NonyNony

      I’ve got money down now that when Carlson whines about this, his excuse is going to be that he was defending Trump because Trump has backtracked on the Klan stuff and Romney should take him at his word (“no backsies” is the rule to use on Dems).

      OTOH, I’ll be surprised if Inghram doesn’t double down and say something worse.

      • cpinva

        “OTOH, I’ll be surprised if Inghram doesn’t double down and say something worse.”

        ann coulter might beat her to it. they’re both almost would be has beens, who only barely ever were, and they aren’t getting any younger, death to a female conservative.

        • NonyNony

          Ann Coulter has already said worse stuff. I’d point you at her Twitter feed, but you’ve never done anything to make me hate you.

          But I still expect Inghram to double down on this one and Carlson to get weaselly.

          • Lee Rudolph

            But I still expect Inghram to double down on this one and Carlson to get weaselly.

            “Get”?

          • twbb

            Ann Coulter makes Laura Ingraham look like Maya Angelou.

  • NonyNony

    As I said below – I’m actually kind of surprised that Carlson would take that tack with the overt Klan reference. He’s always been a muckraker, but I thought he liked his racism more veiled than that.

    • Pseudonym

      “Muckraker”… I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

      • Yeah, I think you mean a mud wallower. A muckraker is an investigative journalist, which I definitely would not apply to Carlson.

      • NonyNony

        In retrospect, poo-flinger is probably the better term to use.

        Carlson wanted to be a muckraker, but his tabloid has only ever risen to the level of poo-flinging.

  • Randy

    Does this mean the wingnuts are now under orders to shut up about Robert Byrd having been in the Klan?

    • Cheerful

      I think it will just become part of their bipartisan outreach – hands across the aisle.

    • Warren Terra

      What ambitious politician in the South didn’t court the support of the Klan in the 1940s last Sunday?

    • alex284

      I think we can all agree that every time the KKK gets condemned, a police officer dies.

      So, really, isn’t there blood on Romney’s hands?

  • c u n d gulag

    Never bite the hands of those who vote for your party.

    • Lee Rudolph

      Because, who knows where they’ve been?

  • brad

    Keep in mind, Carlson is a man who is apparently “terrified” of small, frightened children.

    (I know, I just laughed too hard at that one not to share.)

    • Warren Terra

      Some blow-dried (but not bow-tied) buffoon is thrusting in her face a microphone the size of her arm clearly labeled “Fox News”. Who wouldn’t recoil?

  • Morbo

    And that dirty liberal’s name is Mitt Romney. Plant racist seeds, grow racist crops.

  • pianomover

    Rubio false flag operation stage two.

    Or it’s the Jews again.

    • Just_Dropping_By

      Are you suggesting that Carlson is working on behalf of Rubio to keep the Trump story in the news?

      • pianomover

        Of course this madness has to be controlled by a malevolent unseen hand twisting reality for its own devious gains. How else to explain it?

  • Hogan

    OT: deservedly embattled president of Mount St. Mary’s is resigning so that he can spend more time drowning his family.

    • Attezz

      My wife is a Hood alumni, and we live not far from the Mount, and you could almost feel a sense of relief in the air last night when the news broke.

  • NewishLawyer

    I gotta say it is interesting to see which right-wingers are refusing to join the Trump bandwagon and which ones are joining the Trump bandwagon.

    I think a lot of people dislike Trump but the tribal instinct of hating liberals is just too strong.

    • Nobdy

      I believe that at least some of Romney’s anti-Trumpism comes from a place of jealousy. He does NOT want Trump to accomplish what he couldn’t.

      • Malaclypse

        If you mean crack 48% of the popular vote, Trump won’t. If you mean having people who don’t share your religion and are not your family like you, well, sorry Mittens.

        EDIT: And to be honest, I think Mittens still has some level of belief that a brokered convention (which won’t happen) would give him the nomination (which won’t happen even if a brokered convention somehow did happen) without him working for it, because work is what The Help does.

        • Matt McIrvin

          I’ve been hearing people muttering about Mitt Romney running third-party. I think I know some nominal Democrats whose votes he could actually get, which bothers me. But unlike Bloomberg he might actually siphon off more Republican votes.

          • Matt McIrvin

            …Of course, the time for anyone seeking to jump in as a major third-party candidate, to get a serious campaign organization started and start petitioning for ballot access in every state, is already running short.

          • Warren Terra

            The notion of Romney running – or even ambling – Third Party is insane. The guy was born in a three-piece suit and wing-tips, with a perfectly coiffed head of hair. He is not the sort to set out upon any strange political ventures outside of conventional practice and at the last minute.

            • Ahenobarbus

              In fact, the reason Romney is speaking out so strongly is because he’s never going to run for anything again. And if anyone is going to pay for his opinions, it’s going to be a corporation, not a winger “news” organization.

            • Lee Rudolph

              The guy was born in a three-piece suit and wing-tips, with a perfectly coiffed head of hair.

              And if he ran against Trump, Trump would have him down on the ground and shaved bald in ten seconds.

          • Malaclypse

            Speaking as a liberal, I am terrified of someone with the charisma and populist appeal of Mittens challenging the duopoly system.

          • tsam

            Meh–Republicans have already seen this movie. Romney won’t do it, and I doubt he’d fare any better than he did last time–especially after Trump rips into him.

          • CrunchyFrog

            Boomberg will run only if Sanders beats out Clinton. He basically just wants to keep Sanders out.

            But all kinds of GOP failures are coming off the golf course to say they’d be happy to win a brokered convention. Pick Rerry, Ritt Momney.

    • I think a lot of people dislike Trump but the tribal instinct of hating liberals grifting on the most likely candidate is just too strong.

  • You need to interpret this in light of conservative scripture:

    “A racist is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.”

    They’re not mad per se that Romney is attacking Trump or that he’s criticizing the KKK. They’re criticizing him for using a Forbidden Liberal Art. Conservatives are only supposed to talk about bigotry against Christians, “reverse racism”, and “the Democrat plantation”.

  • Nobdy

    coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America.

    To be fair to Tucker and Laura…I think the above IS a specifically liberal position.

    Since when have conservatives been against coddling repugnant bigotry? Openly endorsing it may have been a no-no, but coddling it? What do we think all those dog whistles were about?

    According to mainstream conservatism there’s NOTHING more American than coddling repugnant bigotry!

    • Rob in CT

      A small but important (IMO) change:

      coddling of repugnant bigotry is should not in the character of America.

      Because in describing America as it is and has been, I’d absolutely reject “coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America” as ahistorical nonsense. ;)

      • Yeah, but I think Nobdy is right. It may be an ahistorical position, but it’s a liberal position.

        • Rob in CT

          Oh agreed. I’m just that guy who mutters “yeah right” under my breathe when some Dem says such-and-such awful thing is “un-American.”

        • alex284

          I just think it’s an is/should distinction. “X is unamerican” is usually an aspiration, not an impartial description based on history.

          Like, that’s how I understand this whole conversation. Debating America’s actual history here is Amelia Bedelia-esque.

          • Lee Rudolph

            “X is unamerican” is usually an aspiration

            We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the Star Chamber!

      • so-in-so

        I recall in the not too distant pass somebody said “Americans do not torture”.

        • Richard Gadsden

          Were they a lawyer for the Bush administration, trying to define torture?

  • Warren Terra

    Farrakhan has now come out saying nice things about Trump (actually, Farrakhan is saying nasty, bigoted things about Trump, but Farrakhan means them as a compliment). This gives us a delightful situation: Trump can renounce Farrakhan immediately and unconditionally, which is only right but rather reinforces the questions surrounding his equivocation about David Duke, or he can similarly dither on accepting Farrakhan’s support.

    • NonyNony

      I don’t think his supporters will care. And after today we’ll see if any of this matters at all. If the Super Tuesday states don’t refudiate Trumpism enough to push Cruz or Rubio up in the standings it’s probably over.

      • libarbarian

        Yeah, they won’t care.

        A lot of White Nationalists “like” Black Nationalists/Separatists like Farrakhan because he basically agrees with them that Blacks and Whites should live separately and not intermingle much.

      • alex284

        I think most people reactions will be “Farra who?”

        Seriously, I don’t think I’ve heard that name since I was in high school.

  • Joe_JP

    Given recent events, Tucker might have a future on MSNBC.

  • DrDick

    I’m so old I remember when Tucker Carlson was the moderate, reasonable, thinking person’s conservative MSNBC spent years trying to force-feed the American public.

    Tucker Carlson, not a moderate, reasonable, thinking person’s conservative, but he played one on TV!

  • keta

    Cutline:

    Carlson reacts to latest Inghram lip service. More below the fold…

  • pbmus

    Like any small minded mammal, Carlson panders to anyone who will listen and lick the balls of anyone who gives him money

  • Rob in CT

    Interesting, though the differences are fairly small:

    http://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11140930/trump-rubio-racial-resentment

    • Gee Suss

      This is interesting, but it shakes me to my core that racial resentment is so high among Democrats. I’ve not looked at the cross tabs but that is very disturbing to me.

      • Origami Isopod

        I wish I could be surprised.

  • Ingraham and Tucker are afraid of being despised as March Violets if they leave it too late to jump aboard with Team Trump.

  • Tehanu

    “Obama could have written this.”

    Sure. So, if Obama said anything they agreed with, like, “it’s raining today,” they’d get liberal cooties or something — right?

    • Warren Terra

      The only things we’re sure Obama didn’t write involve nautical metaphors.

      (Fair warning: I tried and failed to rapidly find a non-crazy or humorous link for the “nautical metaphors” insanity, so that link goes straight to the wellspring of crazy)

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