Maher: Tea Bag Repubs are Racist

Bill Maher comes right out with it on CNN’s “Larry King Live”: The Tea Bag branch of the Republican Party just does not want an African American in the White House, and he implies that Newt Gingrich’s references to “the Kenyan” and “Luo tribesman” are just a roundabout way of saying the N word.

(Breaking News: Exhibit A for Maher could have been this one: Tea Party gubernatorial candidate for New York Paladino, enjoys sharing around racist and sexist emails to ‘a certain group of people.’)

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT

‘ MAHER: Well, you know, I have a theory that the Internet makes people stupider. And Also FOX News makes people stupider.

You know the Pew group did a study recently and they found out that 10 years ago, Democrats, Republicans and independents basically got their news from the same sources, probably more from CNN, for example. Then we had this polarity.

And now, you know, John Edwards said we have two Americas. We do have two Americas. We have the America that’s living in reality. The people who understand that Obama is a centrist liberal from Hawaii who is trying to dig us out of the hole we’re in.

And then we have this other FOX/Matt Drudge/Rush Limbaugh reality where he is a Muslim sleeper cell, Manchurian candidate who was sent over by his Kenyan father imbibe — you hear —

KING: What kind of intelligent person would believe that?

MAHER: Intelligent person? Larry, we’re broadcasting in America.

(LAUGHTER)

MAHER: How ridiculous. Well, no, I don’t think intelligent people do believe it. But, you know, then we’re going to get into partisan bickering because more than half of Republicans agreed with the state that said Obama is trying to impose Islamic law on America.

I mean that is a very radical thing to believe. And it’s more than half of Republicans. Not tea baggers. Not radicals. The mainstream Republican people.

KING: Is there a racist tone in this? Is there — in other words, is this racist — is this inherent racism? Where’s it come from?

MAHER: Does the Pope go to the bathroom in the woods?

(LAUGHTER)

MAHER: Yes, Larry, it’s extremely racist. I mean it’s so funny because the tea baggers, the one thing they hate is black people.

(LAUGHTER)

MAHER: But they won’t say it. I mean if you saw what Newt Gingrich was saying.

KING: Oh yes.

MAHER: OK. For those who know, and I don’t even know if I can even recount it in a way that makes sense to people. But he was quoting from an article by Dinesh D’Souza who is — by the way is an amoral person who was the guest on my show on the night six days after 9/11 when I got into all that trouble for saying that the people who flew planes into building were not cowards.

He was the one who started that discussion. He said it over and over. He — I was agreeing with him when I got thrown off the air. But he never ever came out and said, you know what, I started that, I should defend Bill Maher.

Rush Limbaugh came to my defense and a lot of other people, but not the guy who actually made the statement.

Anyway, Dinesh D’Souza, who said a lot of crazy things, he is saying now, and Newt Gingrich says this is what he believes, that Obama is getting his philosophy from his father who he spent about a month with in his whole life when he was 8 years ago old.

And that his father was a loud tribesman from Kenya who was mad at white people. And so Newt says that he’s anti-colonial like that’s a bad thing? You know like George Washington was fighting the British?

(LAUGHTER)

MAHER: That was a pretty good thing to be anti-colonial. ‘

Maher’s “Real Time” on HBO begins its new season tonight.

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  1. Republicans will use anything to win. If we look at what they did to Bill Clinton, it is clear that being able to appeal to racists is gravy for them.

    Are they racists? Functionally, of course, but it doesn’t matter because they are totally immoral.

  2. Speaking as someone who grew up among “real racists” (“my daddy’s voting for Wallace because he’ll shoot all the n*****’s if he has to”), I suggest that there’s racists, and there’s racists. We’ve got a racist misdirection from rich cynical assholes, “pay no attention to how we got to this economic hole, Obama’s not one of Us”, directed at people who are not doing well, not happy, and not paying a lot of attention to history or logic. And they bite that hook. The whole Park 51 thing could have gone either way, depending upon how it was spun (first amendment, a tiny faction of murderous nuts in the world’s second largest religion, vs, religion-O-death — and the bigoted spin was loudest).

    So I think it is unproductive to call the Tea Partiers “racist” — it should be more productive to point out the misdirection, and the nature of the misdirection. Unscrupulous greedheads are distracting you from the cause of your economic problems, which is unscrupulous greedheads. Remember who started all this, some commodities trader with a Youtube Video. Commodities traders, they’re hurting now, aren’t they? They’d much rather you think about the Black Guy in the White House, than about a failure to properly tax the rich (Reagan Rates would be nice, never mind Nixon or Eisenhower), and a failure to properly regulate financial markets (and it’s not all Republicans, witness Schumer’s protection of finanical services, and Nelson’s protection of tax cuts for the very very rich).

  3. Racist GOP? Well, whatever really changes?

    The more I sit back and think objectively about ALL these oh-so-provocative and hopeless issues, the more it seems nothing really ever changes (except the ability of the “system” to absorb and accommodate the underlying emotionalism that really drives things….).

    When you think about, there is a scale on which people’s attitudes toward labor can be labelled: from some definition of pure slavery on one end, to pure (whatever that means) collectivism on the other. My own depression-era parents where taught when growing up that slavery was wrong, as was the N word, etc, but it was all ephemeral: their fundamentally patriarchial attitude towards “coloreds” remained, and it is still easy to tease out those underlying attitudes. In fairness, it extends to all “little people”, including the poor white people whose ancestors once sharecropped with the emanancipated slaves on their post civil war family farms.

    This gets back to the premise of rationalism in this and similar blogs. The vast majority of people find such thinking tiring, and ultimately pointless. There is “us” and “them”, and its even easier to work with that reality when you tell the difference at a glance. Even that amount of effort is a strain, and primordial imperatives drive actions, better thinking not withstanding. With the economy twisting slowly in the wind, diminishing demand is leading to layoffs in smaller groups than would otherwise draw even more attention, and things are getting worse, one family at time.

    And so, to the most “progressive” reader out there, I make a challenge: are YOU really going to hire the most qualified person for the rare position you may have control over, when the nominally qualified son of an important business partner is scratching around desperately for a job? The point is, as the economy unwinds, people get mightly parochial about their loyalties, so don’t expect things to get any better politically, and they may very well may get quite a bit worse.

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