The End Is Near, but never near enough. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
5. Elisabeth Hasselbeck
The arrest of Sandra Bland, the African-American woman who was found dead of an alleged suicide in a Texas jail cell, began with a routine traffic stop, and escalated with alarming speed when the white state trooper demanded Bland put out her cigarette, and she refused to do so.
The officer’s conduct has been widely condemned as overkill at best, racially motivated malice at worst.
So count on Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck to tell you the side of the story that the Lamestream Media (and people of good conscience) refuse to acknowledge. On Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Hasselbeck exhibited both grace and good sense when she accused Sandra Bland of wielding what could have been perceived as a weapon at the officer. The weapon in question being the cigarette she refused to put out.
In an interview with former NYPD officer John Rafferty, Hasselbeck speculated that perhaps “there are times, I’m sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer, maybe chucked it at him, pushed it at him.” If the cop did see a “potential threat” here, did he not act correctly?
Media Matters has the video: