Current host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Al Sharpton cut his political teeth as a “racial arsonist.” Never missing an opportunity to grandstand for the cameras, he is typically first on the scene of any controversy ripe for race-baiting. He is well known for pushing the Tawana Brawley rape hoax, where he was found liable for slander after accusing the county prosecutor of being one of the supposed rapists, and for inflaming tensions leading up to the Crown Heights Riot.
“Getting people covered, saving them money, stopping insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions. That’s not a catastrophe, it’s a godsend. And we’ve got one more week to prove it.”
“Why is Senator Rand Paul saying this about our first black president? Here’s the Kentucky Republican in a New York times interview.
Quote, ‘the first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying. Martin Luther King was spied upon. Civil rights leaders were spied upon. Muhammad Ali was spied upon. Anti-war protesters were spied upon.’
…who is Rand Paul to make this point? A cynical use of race from some on the right. When the president talked about being sensitive to issue of race, like he said after the Trayvon Martin verdict, the right attacks him for it. But it’s interchangeable. They attack him for not talking about issues of race too. And when Rand Paul talks about being conscious of race when it comes to spying, what about Condoleezza Rice? She works for President Bush known for surveillance of U.S. citizens and where does he get off talking about race in civil rights at all. This is a man that once said he would have modified the civil rights act if he had been a senator at the time.”
“Republicans have come up with a whole bunch of ugly names for people who need a little help putting food on the table: ‘welfare queens,’ ‘takers,’ the ‘47 percent.’ And now House Republicans are poised to pass a bill that would cut more than $20 billion from food stamp programs and take away benefits from two million Americans. We’ve seen it over and over again. Republicans putting politics over people.
…These Republicans are shameless.”
“He’s talking about Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the guy who once called President Obama the most radical President we’ve ever seen. He tweeted, “If supporting real immigration reform, not path to citizenship, is ‘Obamaphobia,’ guilty as charged. Re-tweet if you’re a fellow ‘Obamaphobic.'”
Bragging about being Obamaphobic. Now, I know he was responding to a Democratic Senator, but the fact is, this is who they are. They are scared because the party is built on fear and obstruction. And no matter how hard they try, it`s not working.”
“[W]hile the president is moving in this that all of us agree is politically wise but is also something he has a core belief in and has always talked about, congressional Republicans are pounding the President’s immigration, uh, bi-, decision and they’re coming with legislation. For example, yesterday they pushed two bills, one that had 11 co-sponsors and it would require the Department of Homeland Security ‘make sure illegal immigrants don’t receive Medicare, Social Security or food stamps.’
So, not only do you have the President making an affirmative step, you have Republicans in the Congress that are continuing to go after a very, very regressive kind of policy on human levels. We talking about Social Security, Medicare, food stamps. We talking about people that need help here.”
“The highest officer of law and order in this nation has been ridiculed, scapegoated and handled as some sort of criminal throughout this ‘investigation.’ Turning over thousands of documents and overextending himself, AG Holder was spoken to and mistreated as if he were a child, and reminded that despite his esteemed position, he can and would be profiled. AG Holder was in essence ‘stopped & frisked’ without probable cause, and after he cooperated, he was made an example of. What Issa just showed us is that no matter what our stature in this world, someone can easily try to ‘put us in our place.’ What could be more outrageous?
…As I marched this past Sunday with tens of thousands in New York in opposition to the abhorrent practice of stop & frisk,’ I couldn’t help but think of our attorney general. Tattered down and publicly humiliated, AG Holder has been mishandled just like the young Black and Latino men (and women) who are demonized on our streets everyday.”
“It seems like they act as though some wiping out of people, some of the right-wing, is all right. It’s not all right to do to any innocent people. If you had war and people that’s one thing, but to wipe out innocent people just because of who they are like what was done in Hitler’s Germany or what was done to Native Americans is not justifiable.”
“Today, 236 House Republicans voted for the Balanced Budget Amendment. This extreme piece of Republican mean-spiritedness could have destroyed up to 15 million jobs and slashed social programs.”