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Racism, what racism? It’s all the Devil’s fault. Send in the bees! These and other morsels of madness in “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. Fox & Friends

Making their triumphant return to this page (for the second week in a row), the team at Fox & Friends, and co-host Steve Doocy in particular, have demonstrated once again that they don’t have the slightest modicum of intellectual honesty when engaging with the uglier side of America, which was brought back to national attention after the tragic events in Charleston. Namely: racism.

Doocy got the ball rolling on the anything-but-racism narrative last week when he insisted that a white supremacist shooting up a historically black church might have been motivated by anti-Christian sentiment — as if there were no other churches in Charleston except for “Mother Emanuel.”

On Thursday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Doocy doubled down on his cretinism by submitting that racism did not exist in America anymore because Obama was elected.

“If we were a racist nation, Barack Obama would not have been elected president of the United States — twice. It’s a math thing,” Doocy insisted, proving two things: that he can count to two, and that some people never learn.

As Megyn Kelly once so memorably said: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better or is this real?”

Via Media Matters

Next: Todd Starnes

4. Todd Starnes

Tom StarnesFox News pundit Todd Starnes asked God-fearing ‘Mericans to send Obama a plague of bugs — for the very simple reason that their narrow interpretation of their holy texts doesn’t get to dictate policy anymore.

Addressing the Faith and Freedom Conference, Starnes wheeled out the old canard about the “war on religious liberty” waged against “people of the Christian faith.” (Conservative members of the religion that accounts for 73 percent of the U.S. population and 92 percent of elected officials in Congress love to wring their hands and complain about how they’re under attack.)

Starnes cited prayer in schools, crosses on public grounds, and a host of other non-issues, but the main locus of his ire was the forthcoming SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, and whether, in Starnes’ view, the government can put “limitations on conscience”  — a point of view shared by certain GOP presidential candidates.

Citing the Book of Exodus, and comparing American Christians to Israelites in bondage, Starnes asked that every “patriot saint” pray for God to “send the hornets, Lord — clear the field!”

When the Supreme Court says they know better than God, When the Supreme Court says they know better than God: Send the hornets, Lord! Clear the field! And, when the president says that America is no longer just a Christian nation: Don’t send the hornets, Lord. Send the mosquitoes and the gnats, and the bumblebees and the lightning bugs and the cicadas! Send every critter you got, Lord! Clear the field!

He concluded, “I had some Red Bull in my Froot Loops this morning, ya’ll!” Froot, indeed.


Via Right Wing Watch

Next: Pat Boone 

3. Pat Boone

210px-Pat_Boone_by_Gage_SkidmoreAs we’ve seen (over and over again), some people are having a hard time admitting racism exists, especially when it’s so much easier to blame something real — like, you know, The Devil.

Pat Boone excoriated the president for blaming the Charleston shooting on racism, when the real culprit was, of course, “demonic evil” inspired and empowered by a Godless America.

In a WND column unsubtly titled “Is The Problem ‘Racism’ — Or Demonic Evil?”, Boone begged the president to “quit so often calling crimes that involve a black person ‘racist’!”

The fact is, according to Boone, a more relevant, salient point to be made here is not that Dylann Storm Roof, the confessed killer in the Mother Emanuel massacre, was racist. It’s that he was “inspired by Satan” and “evil.”

Boone clarified:

[Y]es, I said, “inspired by Satan”! Though this had a racist element, to be sure, it was more than that and of far greater significance to America than that. This boy wasn’t just a sadist, or even criminally insane – he was carefully prepared and led by the Devil himself to kill as many Christians as he could. The fact that they were black was an excuse more than a reason.

Let me prove it to you. And let me persuade you to substitute another, more valid word for “racist.”

The word evil.

Like many conservatives who insist that “stupid ‘racism’ is not our problem,” Boone prefers to identify as the wellspring of all America’s woes the notion that “we are no longer a nation ‘under God,'” a catastrophic umbrella under which Boone and his ilk can place any number of progressive social issues that rub them the wrong way.

Via Right Wing Watch

Next: Bill O’Reilly

2. Bill O’Reilly

Bill O'Reilly 427x321Oh dear, another one: Bill O’Reilly, eponym for the famed Factor, has shown some serious tone deafness on the whole issue of race and the Confederate flag this week.

On Monday, he affirmed that the Confederate flag represented “bravery in the Civil War because the Confederates fought hard” and ignored his guest’s point that the flag wasn’t raised on the Charleston state Capitol lawn until the 1960s, when “they were trying to mass resist the civil rights movement.”

Then on Tuesday, he insisted that there was no such thing as institutional racism in America, and that he was “ashamed” of anyone who believed that such a thing existed.

After the weight of the entire (Godless, secular, left-wing, elitist, socialist, main- and lamestream, book-reading) media came down on his head, O’Reilly told them they have a war if they want one.

Via Media Matters

Next: Erik Rush

1. Erik Rush

Erik RushErik Rush comes in at #1 on a week with no small competition for right-wing insanity.

The unhinged Rush, who previously warned liberals and “homofascists” (his word) that “otherwise rational, law-abiding Americans” were getting ready “to ship [them] off in cattle cars to death camps,” has amped his inanity up to 11 this week in a new WorldNetDaily column forthrightly titled, “Why There Can Be No Coexistence With The Left.”

The gist of which, in Rush’s own psychotic words (and saber-rattling italics), is: We must utterly vanquish the political opponents we currently face.

Unpacking his own derangement, Rush goes on:

([A]s contrary to our model of government and collective conscience as this may sound, utterly neutralizing the left (completely disenfranchising those who ascribe [sic] to leftist doctrine and dismantling all of their established political, cultural and legal constructs) is an imperative because they never had any intention of coexisting with those of differing ideologies.

In other words, if you can’t beat ’em (through the courts, the rule of the law, the mechanics of democracy, and so forth)… obliterate ’em.

You can read the complete transcript of the voices in Rush’s disturbed head here.

Photo above: Chris Turner via Flickr

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.