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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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Gene Alday, Asshole of the Day for February 17, 2015
How can you tell if someone’s being racist? I suppose that’s a complicated question, but when they are starting sentences with “all the blacks”, then they are certainly on the road to Racist Town,...

Gene Alday, Asshole of the Day for February 17, 2015

How can you tell if someone’s being racist? I suppose that’s a complicated question, but when they are starting sentences with “all the blacks”, then they are certainly on the road to Racist Town, even if they eventually turn off.

Rep. Gene Alday of Mississippi claims he’s not a racist, but then he said this:

The comments in question refer to African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, a small community in DeSoto County. Alday, 57, told Clarion-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell that he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”

He also said that when he went to the emergency room one time, “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”

He would later claim he wasn’t being racist and was being quoted out of context. That seems impossible, because the only way the speaker of this quote isn’t racist is if he’s quoting a racist. These were his words, and his statement was racist.

Finally today he apologized, saying

Addressing the House of Representatives, Alday acknowledged he made a mistake without repeating his original comments.

“I didn’t do it with intent, but I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did and there is no excuse for my behavior,” Alday said. “I value the relationships I’ve made with everyone in this House.”

It’s great that he apologized, but it’s also to our way of thinking an admission that he is in fact the Asshole of the Day.


This is Rep. Alday’s first time as Asshole of the Day.

Full story: The Clarion Ledger


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Vince Vaughn doesn’t believe in Affirmative Action

Vince Vaughn Says Affirmative Action Is Racist

The idea is that those who have been at a disadvantage because of race deserve a leg up when it comes to landing opportunities.
But then you’re evaluating someone based on race, which is racism. Rights don’t come to you because you’re a man or a woman or African American or European or Jewish. And I certainly don’t think the federal government should be in the business of deciding things or handing out money based on factors like these. It’s the same with same-sex marriage. Who cares what people feel about each other? Let people decide for themselves who they can marry. It’s not the government’s job. It’s between you and your partner and your church or synagogue or whatever you believe in.

I think history has proven without a doubt that the proper role of government is to protect individuals’ rights and liberties. That has always been the most prosperous, freest society for people to live in. And when government gets too involved, society turns into a place that gets very, very ugly.

He doesn’t need it, wasn’t ever discriminated against, so doesn’t see why there would be a need to right past wrongs. But he’s white, so it’s his privilege to see it that way.

But this whole keep-the-government-out line is just playing to entrenched racism, because if we end Jim Crow but don’t ever do anything to right that wrong, then the people who suffered under Jim Crow remain at a disadvantage because their families weren’t allowed to accumulate wealth, business connections, etc. Having the government do nothing just solidifies the advantages of the racists who benefited from Jim Crow.

Oh, and as Yesha Callahan points out at The Root,

Maybe someone should tell Vaughn that the people who have mostly benefited from affirmative action are white women, like his wife.


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Ann Coulter, Asshole of the Day for February 6, 2015
During the State of the Union speech, President Obama called for more subsidies for college, in particular, community colleges.
And since Obama is for people getting a college education, suddenly...

Ann Coulter, Asshole of the Day for February 6, 2015

During the State of the Union speech, President Obama called for more subsidies for college, in particular, community colleges.

And since Obama is for people getting a college education, suddenly conservatives will have to be against it. And so it’s no surprise that Ann Coulter is leading the charge:

Coulter told Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman on Monday that such programs are just a “scam” to “subsidize the most left-wing industry in America, that spends its days indoctrinating kids to hate Republicans.”

“And to hate white people,” Kaufman added. “The whole white privilege thing that’s going on there is killing me.”

The “whole white privilege thing” that annoys her is the suggestion that people should examine sexism and racism (and other ways that one group gets privileges that another doesn’t). If society today had no more sexism or racism, then examining privilege would be an exercise that would die out quickly.

But of course there is still plenty of racism and sexism out there. But she wants us all to ignore that, leave it unexamined. It’s not like these things will disappear if we all stop talking about them, so we can only assume that Ms. Coulter wants them to continue. And for that, she is the Asshole of the Day.


It is Ann Coulter’s fifth time as Asshole of the Day. Her previous wins were for

Full story: Right Wing Watch


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Peter King, Asshole of the Day for December 4, 2014
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Whenever something awful happens where the victim is black and the perpetrator white, there are always apologists. So we can’t act too surprised when people...

Peter King, Asshole of the Day for December 4, 2014

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Whenever something awful happens where the victim is black and the perpetrator white, there are always apologists. So we can’t act too surprised when people spring up to defend the policeman who used an illegal chokehold to kill Eric Garner over a petty crime.

And yesterday after the grand jury refused to indict the policeman, they were out in force. But usually the apologists have just one awful thing to say. Like Gretchen Carlson, who worried what protests over police brutality might do to the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Yes, she said that.

But Rep. Peter King took the cake, making not one, but distinct two offensive statements. At one point he blamed Garner’s obesity, rather than the policeman who used a chokehold that has been banned by the NYPD for over 20 years:

“You had a 350-pound person who was resisting arrest. The police were trying to bring him down as quickly as possible,” King said in an appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “If he had not had asthma and a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died from this. The police had no reason to know he was in serious condition.”

“I have no doubt, if that were a 350-pound white guy, he would have been treated the same,” King told CNN.

Look, asshole, the NYPD banned the chokehold precisely because people sometimes die from it. So you can’t blame people for dying when policemen aren’t supposed to use it. And beyond that he’s saying you have to keep yourself in good shape so that you don’t die of police brutality.

But that wasn’t even the worst of it. On Facebook he wrote:

While the death of Eric Garner was tragic, all New Yorkers should respect the decision of the Staten Island grand jury not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

During this tense time in New York, it must be noted and remembered that no organization has done more to safeguard the lives of young African Americans in New York City than the NYPD.

It is time for all New Yorkers - and indeed all Americans - to acknowledge this fact.

It must be noted and remembered that no organization has done more to safeguard the lives of young African Americans in New York City than the NYPD. From these protests it’s pretty obvious that African Americans don’t think this is true. And they would know, wouldn’t they? And there are more. Off the top of her head, my friend @GirlGetALife suggested that “these guys would disagree with King’s statement about no one doing more than the NYPD to protect black lives/black men”:

Discriminating against and brutalizing a population is not defending it. And I’m just sick of people assuming that harassing and harming minorities is the only way to maintain law and order. I’m thinking of people like Ray Kelly and others who say things like this:

Former New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly predicted last year that “no question about it, violent crime will go up” if the city were to move away from stop-and-frisk policing. He was wrong. Stop-and-frisks, which almost exclusively targeted black and Hispanic men, are down 79 percent through the first nine months of 2014. And instead of descending into chaos and crime, New York has also seen less violent crime. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday the city’s crime rate fell 4.4 percent in the first 11 months of the year.

So crime went down, and so did the harassment of innocent minorities. I just hope DeBlasio doesn’t stop there; the police still need fixing. But the point is that police don’t need a blank check to enforce the law.

And people like King should just stop with their police defense at all costs, no matter what they do. It’s crazy, and insults the intelligence of everyone. People have bad days at work. Police are people, and they have bad days too. Days when they are not at their best. Days when they make mistakes. Should they be fired for a bad day? I guess it depends on what happened, but they should be held accountable. Just like everyone else.

And we all know that some people don’t just have bad days– they’re lazy, sloppy, reckless, abusive. They should be fired. We resent when those coworkers aren’t fired. So, why, I ask, is it OK to hold everyone but cops to this standard? Especially when someone dies because of them?

Finally, it’d be nice of police were willing to criticize another policemen for horrific behavior now and then, especially when it’s caught on tape. But they never do. Code of silence and shit. But then they and their district attorney friends complain about African Americans refusing to snitch? Please. Try leading by example.

So, for claiming that NYPD defends African American lives more than anyone, despite all the evidence to the contrary, Peter King is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Peter King’s first time being named Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo.

Related reading: 10 Ways the System Is Rigged Against Justice for People Wrongly Killed by Cops.


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Keith Ablow, Asshole of the Day for December 3, 2014
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Apparently it’s not enough for people on Fox News to just blame Michael Brown for his own death. I mean, everyone does that, so if you want to break through,...

Keith Ablow, Asshole of the Day for December 3, 2014

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Apparently it’s not enough for people on Fox News to just blame Michael Brown for his own death. I mean, everyone does that, so if you want to break through, you have to take it up a notch. And so here comes Dr. Keith Ablow:

“Listen, the investigation into Michael Brown’s death has ended, and now the investigation into his life should begin,” Ablow explained. “And I would question whether having a stepfather like Michael Brown’s, this man who should be charged with attempting to incite a riot, influenced Michael Brown to lose his life, to have no respect for the property of others, no respect for authority.”

“And therefore, to find himself engaged in a mortal conflict with a law officer — an officer of the law.”

The fact that he is the stepfather makes him culpable potentially for more than just those words, for the life of Michael Brown,” he concluded.

So now parents should be indicted for the problems of their children, even after the child turns 18. That’s what he’s saying here.

Of course that’s not the law. No prosecutor will indict him for that. Even Robert McCulloch wouldn’t. Well, let’s hope not. [Of course I say this and then I learned today that the grand jury in New York failed to indict the policeman who killed Eric Garner using an illegal chokehold, but the grand jury did indict the guy who filmed it!. Yes, this happened.]

But what strikes me here is that this is racist. Unless there’s some example in the past of Dr. Ablow suggesting that a white parent be indicted for something an adult child did, it’s pretty clear that he’s just holding black people to this standard. Did he call for the parents of any of the recent white mass murders to be hauled into court to answer for their children’s crimes? Nope.

So, for saying a grieving parent should be charged with crimes of their grown child, but only if they’re black, Dr. Keith Ablow the Asshole of the Day.

It is Dr. Keith Ablow’s fourth time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for

Full story: Raw Story.


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Bill O'Reilly, Asshole of the Day for December 2, 2014
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Bill O'Reilly doesn’t believe in white privilege even though he grew up in a segregated community that blacks weren’t allowed to live in. But he says he’s not...

Bill O'Reilly, Asshole of the Day for December 2, 2014

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Bill O'Reilly doesn’t believe in white privilege even though he grew up in a segregated community that blacks weren’t allowed to live in. But he says he’s not a racist of course.

On Sunday some St. Louis Rams players came out using the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson:

But Bill O'Reilly isn’t having any of it, and says the players are too stupid to know what they were doing:

“Look, you’ve got crazy people on all sides, Bill,” said Juan Williams, arguing with the host’s opinion that anyone who assumes the “hands up, don’t shoot” position thinks that all police are hunting down all minorities. “But if you think that those football players identify and say, ‘Oh, all cops are bad’? That is not true.”

“No,” O’Reilly responds with the utmost condescension. “Quite frankly, I don’t think they’re smart enough to know what they’re doing. I don’t. I absolutely don’t think they’re smart enough to know what they’re doing.”

Yes, he said that.

Really, it’s not hard. Hands up, don’t shoot. The protesters have been using it for 3 months. It both shows anger at police shooting Michael Brown, who many think had his hands up when he was shot, and says to the police at protests that they are not posing a threat.

But Bill O'Reilly doesn’t think the players are smart enough to get that. Is it because they’re black? Or because they disagree with his worldview that racism no longer exists? Hard to say. But the answer doesn’t really matter since both are enough to make him the Asshole of the Day.

It is Bill O'Reilly’s fifth time being named Asshole of the Day. Previous wins include

Full story: Salon.


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Rudy Giuliani, Asshole of the Day for December 1, 2014
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Rudy Giuliani just won’t shut up. A week ago he pulled out the “black on black crime” mantra, as a way to deflect attention from police shootings, for which...

Rudy Giuliani, Asshole of the Day for December 1, 2014

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Rudy Giuliani just won’t shut up. A week ago he pulled out the “black on black crime” mantra, as a way to deflect attention from police shootings, for which he was justifiably mocked. But he didn’t stop there. Yesterday he was on Fox News telling people that, sure police could do a better job, but it’s mostly African American’s fault:

Responding to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that the black community is more responsible for the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police than the officers themselves.

“I do believe that there is more interaction and more unfair interaction between police officers, white and black,” he admitted during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “But I think just as much, if not more, responsibility is on the black community to reduce the reason why the police officers are assigned in such large numbers to the black community. It’s because blacks commit murder eight times more per capita than any other group in our society.

More responsibility is on the black community to reduce crime than on the police. It sounds fine, and I’m sure it makes perfect sense to the viewers on Fox News, or really any racist who wants to blame African Americans for their problems and excuse themselves and America at large for not doing anything.

But it’s bullshit, and here’s why:

  1. A white man living in an all white neighborhood isn’t responsible for stopping his white neighbors from murdering each other, or committing crimes generally.
  2. But, according to Giuliani, the “black community” is responsible for reducing crime committed by black people. So all blacks are responsible for any individual crime committed by a black person.

And that’s not a subtelty– that’s the whole argument that he and all the other “black on black crime” people are all making. Black people are responsible for other black people, but white people aren’t responsible for the actions of white people. That’s racism, plain and simple.

So, for applying a different standard of responsibility for crime for blacks than for whites, Rudy Giuliani is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Rudy Giuliani’s first time being named Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Think Progress.


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“Black on Black crime” and Rudy Giuliani

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Several people wrote in to highlight Rudy Giuliani’s comments on Meet The Press about the Darren Wilson case:

The fact is that I find it very disappointing that you’re not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We are talking about the significant exception here [in the Brown case]. I’d like to see the attention paid to that that you are paying to this.

But before we could write it up, we see that Ta-Nehisi Coates has beaten us to it with this:

For nearly 15 years, our politicians have told us that murder perpetrated by Islamic terrorists represented an existential threat to the country. From al-Qaeda to ISIS, we are told that radical Islam is a killer that will drive us all into the sea. In fact, however, the most prolific killer of Americans hides behind a cloak of sensitivity and political correctness. The time has now come for some tough talk: The American people have one of the highest murder rates in the industrialized world. Almost all of these people are killed by other Americans. War hustlers and Bin Laden pimps love to go around screaming, but 9/11! Three thousand people died on 9/11. Nearly 15,000 Americans were killed in 2012. Americans perpetrate roughly five 9/11s against other Americans every year. By the end of this week, more Americans will be killed by other Americans than were ever killed by ISIS.

Why are our politicians ignoring this plague of American-on-American crime? Why are American leaders not protesting the cult of death that fills the graveyards of America? Who will bravely challenge the culture of failure that says that Americans should only be outraged when Muslims kill Americans? Who will challenge the American pathology that says that a boy who walks unarmed is acting French?

Read the whole thing. It’s worth it to finally have an answer to the black-on-black crime nonsense.

Photo source: http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/rudy-giuliani.htm


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Robert McCulloch, Asshole of the Day for November 25, 2014
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Prosecutor Robert McCulloch delayed revealing the decision of the grand jury until 8:00 last night. And then, even though he’d had the decision all day,...

Robert McCulloch, Asshole of the Day for November 25, 2014

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Prosecutor Robert McCulloch delayed revealing the decision of the grand jury until 8:00 last night. And then, even though he’d had the decision all day, he showed up 20 minutes late and then proceeded to patronizingly lecture all the people listening for the next 40 minutes. Somewhere in there he mentioned the one thing everyone tuned in to hear– the decision– but delivered in the same monotone as the rest. It’s almost like he thought people were there for him. Perhaps he’ll be running for office soon.

But of course they weren’t there for him. They wanted to know whether a white policeman would have to stand trial for shooting an unarmed black man. And the answer was no, he will not stand trial.

But what did Mr. McCulloch tell us? Let’s go through all the bullshit.

#1 McCulloch broke procedure. Rather than seek an indictment and steer the jury to select the charge he feels appropriate and then let a trial decide conviction, he just dumped every detail on them like it was a trial. Except unlike a trial, it was secret and the prosecutor was actually defending the policeman and there was no one actually trying to get an indictment. Or as Eric Boehlert of Media Matters points out:

#2 He claims that the grand jury was like a real trial. Which he says to dismiss those who say a real trial is needed. So he had a real trial– but it was secret. No need for the public to know.

And here’s what’s so frustrating– without a public trial and with him breaking procedure, he still wants to pretend that a black family can get the same justice as everyone else. Nope. They got this. Justice isn’t blind, not when it’s Robert McCulloch in charge.

#3 He patronizingly lectured everyone, blaming media and social media alike. The only blameless people in his eyes are himself and Darren Wilson.

The comments he made were comical– and covered with headlines like “St. Louis prosecutor McCulloch roasted online for indicting everybody but Darren Wilson”.

And he blames social media for what, for keeping it a story? For making him do his job? To make sure that someone looked into this? Whether they get all the facts right, until all the facts are out, people are entitled to their feelings and wanting to know.

And for all his talk, there’s still some problems he didn’t settle. I highlighted this one last night: He says it was about the robbery, but Ferguson Police Chief said Darren Wilson didn’t know about that. What changed? That was a week after the shooting, not a few hours later. A week after the department says he doesn’t know. That seems important.

And here’s a few more questions (emphasis added):

Question: Had this been a completely different sort of incident, one in which an officer had been killed, would you have instructed the jury in the same way?

Answer: Oh, hell no.

In the majority of incidents—make that every other type of incident—McCulloch actively speaks with the jury, directing them in what to look for, discussing possible charges, clearing up issues, actively seeking an indictment. He didn’t do that in this case. In this case, the grand jury was given a mountain of evidence, and next to no help in how they should deal with it. It’s exactly how McCulloch would not handle any other case. This “hands off” attitude wasn’t just unusual, it’s precisely a negation of what a prosecutor is asked to do. McCulloch didn’t prosecute. This case was given very special treatment, treatment designed to promote the sort of confusion that leads to “no true bill.”

How is it that Wilson having “made” Brown as a suspect in a robbery, called for backup, but that call is not recorded in any of the released transcripts of police communications? That whole section of McCulloch’s statement, covering Wilson’s extremely unusual testimony before the grand jury, is completely at odds with everything we were told for the last four months.

How indeed. I’d guess McCulloch would blame social media, the media, and everyone who reported what the Ferguson Chief of Police said after one week of fact gathering.

So in conclusion, he conducted a trial in secret, not a grand jury inquiry. Rather than make his case, he did a trial, and did his best to lose. He’s the fucking prosecutor, but every indication is he argued against charges. And then he patronizingly blames everyone but himself and the shooter. And for that, Robert McCulloch is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Robert McCulloch’s first time being named Asshole of the Day.

Full story: Talking Points Memo and Political Animal and Daily Kos.


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