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Rudy Giuliani, Asshole of the Day for February 19, 2015
Ever since police shootings and racist policing returned to the news last summer, Rudy Giuliani has injected himself into the stories to push his racist viewpoints.
We first called attention to...

Rudy Giuliani, Asshole of the Day for February 19, 2015

Ever since police shootings and racist policing returned to the news last summer, Rudy Giuliani has injected himself into the stories to push his racist viewpoints.

We first called attention to this when he asserted that the black community was responsible for any and all violence and crime committed by any black person, a standard he certainly doesn’t hold white people to. We even highlighted Ta-Nehisi Coates well-deserved mocking of Giuliani’s argument.

Then a month later we highlighted how Giuliani blamed Obama and peaceful protesters of racist police shooting for the death of two policemen.

But Giuliani hasn’t stopped there. In a fundraiser for Scott Walker, Giuliani told the crowd:

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said, as quoted by Politico. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.

He later goes on to say: "What the hell? What’s wrong with this man that he can’t stand up and say there’s a part of Islam that’s sick?” This goes back to the recent nonsense over Obama pointing out that Christianity also has a history of extremist violence at the National Prayer Breakfast. And if you can’t see what’s wrong with that argument, here’s what Digby had to say:

I don’t know.  I guess for the same reason he doesn’t stand up and say that there’s part of Catholicism that’s sick. After all, the Catholic priesthood has been crawling with child molesters for decades. For all we know, centuries.  I’m going to take a guess that as a Catholic he doesn’t think it would be right to tar the vast majority of non-pedophile Catholics with the actions of those priests or define the religion itself as a pedophiliac belief system. 

I think she does a good job of pointing out how Giuliani lumps together groups to take responsibility for the worst of their members, but then doesn’t apply the same responsibility to the groups that he is a member.

But back to Giuliani’s Obama doesn’t love America and wasn’t raised right argument, I think the real question is for Giuliani:

  • Loves America how, Rudy? Like you do– only the white parts? The love that blames every black person for the crimes of a few black people, a standard you don’t hold white people to?
  • Not brought up the way you were? To what– be racist? To trample people’s rights in the name of security?

Of course Giuliani isn’t going to answer questions like that. His statements are dog-whistles to his audience about how Obama isn’t like us, he’s an outsider. Obama is black, we get it. Never mind that Obama’s mother was every bit as white as Giuliani’s mother. Nope. Doesn’t matter to Giuliani. And for that, Giuliani is the Asshole of the Day.

UPDATE: Giuliani claims it’s not racist because Obama’s mother is white. Seriously:

“Some people thought it was racist — I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people,” Mr. Giuliani said in the interview. “This isn’t racism. This is socialism or possibly anti-colonialism.”

Sorry, Rudy, but let’s not pretend there’s no history of racism against people who are only half black. It insults us both.


It is Rudy Giuliani’s third time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo and Digby Hullaballoo


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Steve King, Asshole of the Day for July 24, 2014
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After 6 years almost no one is willing to go “full birther” any more. No one except Donald Trump maybe. You can’t come right out and say Obama wasn’t born in...

Steve King, Asshole of the Day for July 24, 2014

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After 6 years almost no one is willing to go “full birther” any more. No one except Donald Trump maybe. You can’t come right out and say Obama wasn’t born in America without people tuning you out, and everyone knows that. Even the people who deep down hate him and feel he is foreign know it.

Rep. Steve King, the xenophobic congressman famous for suggesting that most immigrants are drug mules with cantaloupe-sized calves, starts a speech saying he won’t assert where Obama was born. He’s not a birther, you see. But then he plays to his crowd’s racism by suggesting Obama is foreign:

“His vision of America isn’t like our version of America. That we know,” King said of Obama. “Now I don’t assert where he was born, I will just tell you that we are all certain that he was not raised with an American experience. So these things that beat in our hearts when we hear the National Anthem and when we say the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t beat the same for him.

Now there’s a dog-whistle– “not raised with an American experience”.

It’s true that Obama didn’t live his entire life in America, but he only lived overseas for 3 years as a child. Other than that he lived here, among Americans. His mother was an American. The grandparents he lived with were American.

Of course Rep. King doesn’t even explain what American experience it is that Obama doesn’t have, because he doesn’t have to– he knows that his crowd will know what he means.

We’re all familiar with the “I’m not racist, but…” statements, and how they are all pretty much racist. Once you start putting people in groups and making them all the same in your head, you’re in racist territory. It’s like these people think that racism is only lynchings and Jim Crow laws, and not the wider array of discrimination that happens in life. And what is Rep. King doing if not saying “I’m not a birther, but…”? So when he starts claiming Obama doesn’t have an American experience, it’s obvious what he means. And for that, he is Asshole of the Day.

It is Steve King’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Buzzfeed


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Cliven Bundy, Asshole of the Day for April 24, 2014
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Cliven Bundy is a rancher who claims to be a patriot, flies the American flag, but doesn’t pay his grazing fees (now over $1 million for last 15 years) or...

Cliven Bundy, Asshole of the Day for April 24, 2014

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Cliven Bundy is a rancher who claims to be a patriot, flies the American flag, but doesn’t pay his grazing fees (now over $1 million for last 15 years) or recognize the federal government. He’s also threatened to open fire on government officials.

And yet somehow Sean Hannity and other people who claim to be patriots but latch on to any opportunity to side with people against America while Obama is president– Putin for example– have decided to take up Bundy’s cause. Having him on the show, encouraging people to defend him, and praising the militias that went out for a chance to fire on government troops. Jon Stewart did a good job taking apart all this treasonous silliness, including how you can’t pretend you care about the Constitution or the Founding Fathers and support guys like Bundy who are no different than the Whiskey Rebellion that George Washington himself crushed.

But now that Hannity has given Bundy this platform, Bundy keeps on talking. And it’s not pretty. Here’s what Bundy had to say about black people, which isn’t even related to his land dispute, but he just felt he had to tell the world:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” the rancher began as he described a “government house” in Las Vegas where he recalled that all the people who sat outside seemed to “have nothing to do.”

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he said, as quoted by the Times. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Black people were better off as slaves.

He really said that.

And what does Hannity have to say? He says Bundy’s remarks are “beyond repugnant” and reinforce the “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist.

But now this is where it gets interesting. Hannity thinks it’s an “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist. But how ignorant is it? Let’s review where Mr. Bundy might have heard such things:

Maybe he heard Phil Robertson saying that blacks were better under Jim Crow and just confused that with slavery.

Maybe he heard the GOP’s Virginia Lt. Governor candidate E.W. Jackson say that “welfare hurt black families more than slavery ever did”.

Or maybe he remembers the pact that Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed in Iowa in 2011 while running for president, which opened:

“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President,” the opening statement reads.

Mr. Bundy didn’t come up with these ideas on his own. The racist view that African Americans were better off under slavery or Jim Crow is something that gets said by conservatives from time to time. Hannity’s claim that it’s an “ignorant view” that conservatives are racist is just hot air. Hannity and others may not be personally racist, but they are popular with racists, and they know it. Or more concisely:

So, for claiming that people were better off under slavery, Cliven Bundy is the Asshole of the Day, but let’s not pretend he came up with this all on his own.

It is Cliven Bundy’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo


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Is Bill O'Reilly Asshole of the Day (again)?

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Is Bill O'Reilly asshole of the day for saying anyone who criticized Paul Ryan for his “inner city men” comment are “race hustlers”?

On Tuesday, O'Reilly pressed Ryan about his comments and whether he had smoothed things over with Lee. The Fox host then went on a tangent about “race hustlers.”

“These race hustlers make a big living and they get voted into office by portraying their constituents as victims,” he said. “And it’s all your fault, and it’s my fault, it’s the rich people’s fault, it’s the Republicans’ fault. It’s everybody’s fault except what’s going on.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/barbara-lee-oreilly-race-hustlers-paul-ryan

Look, when Paul Ryan made his comment about “inner city men” having no culture of work, he was saying it while quoting known racist and white supremacist Charles Murray. You remember Murray– he’s the guy who wrote the Bell Curve, which said that black people had lower IQs than white because they were genetically inferior.

So to characterize anyone who criticizes Ryan for this statement as a “race hustler” is ridiculous. By that reasoning, we here at Asshole of the Day are race hustlers. And it’s so broad that anyone complaining about racism and its legacy in America would be a race hustler.

Look, racism still exists. You don’t get to claim that just because there’s a black president that somehow that negates all the racism of people who didn’t vote for him. Not that everyone who didn’t vote for Obama was racist, but some were.

Photo source: http://www.billoreilly.com/


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Is Paul Ryan Asshole of the Day (again)?

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Is Paul Ryan asshole of the day for saying “inner city men” are too lazy to work?

In discussing inner city culture, Ryan referenced Charles Murray, a social scientist who hasclaimed that, “One reason that we still have poverty in the United States is that a lot of poor people are born lazy.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/paul-ryan-inner-city-men-poverty

In case you’re wondering, “inner city men” is code for black and Hispanic men. Minorities. It’s a dog whistle, and the GOP tradition of dog whistles to use racial fear and code words is a long one, including St. Ronald of Reagan:

Campaigning for president in 1980, Ronald Reagan told stories of Cadillac-driving “welfare queens” and “strapping young bucks” buying T-bone steaks with food stamps. In trumpeting these tales of welfare run amok, Reagan never needed to mention race, because he was blowing a dog whistle: sending a message about racial minorities inaudible on one level, but clearly heard on another. In doing so, he tapped into a long political tradition that started with George Wallace and Richard Nixon, and is more relevant than ever in the age of the Tea Party and the first black president. 

What Ryan is saying is no different. He knows his audience of white suburbanites will get his code with “inner city”. And the ones who don’t feel the same way will overlook it. But we’re not fooled, and neither should you be. This is offensive.

Note: Bill Moyers had the author of Dog Whistle Politics on, and it’s worth a watch.

UPDATE: Paul Ryan apologized for what he called “inarticulate remarks”. Of course this is bullshit as @LOLGOP explains so well:

Photo source: https://twitter.com/RepPaulRyan


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