Whatever your reaction to the termination of Bill O’Reilly, Al Sharpton’s should turn your head a little bit. The two have been rivals for almost as long as O’Reilly has been on the air, with Sharpton’s insanity over the years being a common point of attack on The Factor.
Like a good progressive, Sharpton decided to take the low road and brand O’Reilly a racist (which liberals have never done before, except the other 10,283,193 times they’ve hurled the insult at people they disagree with).
According to The Blaze:
Rev. Al Sharpton says ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly acted as a “spokesman” for “white nationalism” during his more than 20 years on the cable outlet.
This came after the male Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, said “race and white identity politics” were central to what O’Reilly did on his show. Sharpton also expressed feelings that O’Reilly wants America to revert back to the 1960s in terms of Civil Rights.
During the discussion, Hayes reminded Sharpton of a moment in 2013 when O’Reilly referred to him as a “race hustler.”
“Talking Points believes the day of the race hustlers is coming to an end,” the former Fox host said at the time. “This ‘we’ and ‘them’ business gets the country nowhere. Fair-minded Americans well understand there are severe problems in the black community that have to be solved.”
The reverend said he didn’t want to get into name-calling but asserted that the former broadcaster “certainly promoted a very clear and in-no-way-nuanced white nationalism, and saying he said the white establishment, like he was a spokesman for it.”
Sharpton provided zero evidence for his claim, aside from relaying comments where O’Reilly factually observed that changing demographics have reduced the influence that white America has in elections.
Sharpton was referring to election night 2012, when O’Reilly claimed that “white establishment is now the minority.”
“And whereby 20 years ago President Obama would have been roundly defeated by an establishment candidate like Mitt Romney,” O’Reilly explained at the time. “The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff.”
Sharpton said that comment was “in its own essence race-based and he, I think, really felt that way in all that he expressed.”
So attributing Romney’s loss to the waning influence of white voters? Racist.
But those on MSNBC, having no other explanation for Donald Trump’s victory than a surge in white rage (that apparently wasn’t conjured up when the ones MSNBC thinks are racist could’ve kept the first black President out of the White House)? That’s A-OK.
It’s been said that if liberals didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any at all, and that’s clearly the case when it comes to playing identity politics.
[Note: This post was awritten by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]