Ann Coulter, who can always be depended upon for an outrageous, tenuously thought-out soundbite, was first out of the gate yesterday in defence of Cain after the Politico sexual harassment story broke.
She reappeared on Hannity last night to reiterate her support and bash Politico’s reporting.
In the segment, Coulter and Hannity circled around the fairness of sexual harassment laws, Bill Clinton’s history of bad behaviour (a reasonable point to make), before taking the deep dive into the media’s coverage of Cain declaring that while Cain has “many wonderful qualities” all ‘media liberals’ see is a “conservative black man”:
“I mean that’s why our blacks are so much better than their blacks. To become a black Republican you don’t just roll into it, you’re not just going with the flow. You have fought against probably your family, probably your neighbours, you have thought everything out. And that’s why we have very impressive blacks in our party.”
This as opposed to Obama, who Coulter says “is half black, and is not a descendant of the blacks that suffered these Jim Crow laws…I am not contesting that he was born in America or anything, but he is the son of a Kenyan not the son of American blacks that went through the American experience.”
Welcome to 2012?
Keeping in mind Drudge’s homepage this morning appeared to be positing a similar comparison perhaps this is exactly the sort of ‘debate’ we can expect to dominate in the coming weeks should Cain survive.
In a certain sense it is reminiscent of the women’s rights vs. civil rights debate that dominated much of the Obama/Hillary race in 2008. Though Coulter’s possessive language here (“our blacks” vs “their black”) is so enormously loaded as to be jaw dropping, even considering the source.
It’s also worth remembering that the Tea Party spent much of 2009 and 2010 refuting charges of racism. In the past few weeks certain corners of the conservative party (and Coulter in this clip) have been quick to point out that Cain’s support is proof this was never the case (Cain himself has made waves by declaring racism doesn’t exist at all), and merely a storyline promoted by the ‘mainstream, liberal’ media.
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