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. Ted Nugent
Right-wing media personality and noted birther Ted Nugent, who recently solved “the black problem” in America, returned this week with more advice on promoting racial harmony. During a Tuesday appearance on Nick Cannon’s podcast (yes, that Nick Cannon), Nugent clarified that he is not a racist — in fact, as evidenced by his love of rock pioneer Chuck Berry, he’s actually an “anti-racist.”
With that out of the way, he went on to explain that old ladies should fear black people, because they’re basically the same thing as vicious dogs.
Media Matters explains:
Referencing July 19 remarks by President Obama that addressed issues of race in the country, Nugent said that a “little old white lady” who “clutches her purse tightly and shivers” when an African-American man joins her on an elevator has not wrongly “prejudged” in the same sense that “stormy clouds” are accurate predictors of a destructive weather event.
Nugent made a second analogy concerning racial profiling, stating, “I think when you use the word profile, if a Dalmatian has been biting the children in the neighborhood, I think we’re going to look for a black and white dog.”
For those of you keeping score at home, Nugent should have been dead or in jail three months ago.