Remember Cliven Bundy, the conservative hero who opened his mouth, spouted bigoted nonsense, and was promptly abandoned? The GOP has found a replacement for Cliven Bundy — Duck Dynasty’s homophobic and bigoted patriarch, Phil Robertson. Robertson is already well known for making stupid remarks regarding gay people and child marriage (he condemns the former while endorsing the latter), in addition to making some disgustingly racial remarks. So it only makes sense that this bigoted, racist, homophobic child-marriage supporting Taliban-wannabe would be invited to speak at a GOP conference on Thursday — and after that, appeared on Sean Hannity’s show.
Sean Hannity’s interview with Robertson was two-segments long, in which he confirmed his disgust for “perversion.” Gays loving one another, that is, not child marriage. Of Robertson’s speech at the conference, Hannity said Robertson “brought the house down,” and introduced Robertson with a classic little bit of spin: “He did stir up some controversy after daring to speak his mind about his religion, his faith.” Hannity then added “Now, he addressed the conference earlier this evening and brought the house down. …Everybody want to welcome Phil to the program?”
The crowd, who apparently had no problem with homophobia, racism, bigotry, or child marriage, cheered rather loudly. This tells you all you need to know about the Republican base and the FOX demographic.
“I watch every episode. Y’all watch Duck Dynasty?” Hannity added, to another big cheer.
After Robertson threw down his coffee cup and ordered some of the “girls” in the audience to pick it up, he said “I’m kidding!” Hannity lead off painting Robertson like he was a spiritual leader, saying that “I think you’re a preacher at heart and you believe that America has a spiritual battle it needs to fight.”
Robertson agreed. “I just feel a little more comfortable dealing in the spiritual realm, even with the persecution, whatever comes with it.” Later, while discussing the parties, Robertson said he read both Democrat and Republican party platforms, and knew he wasn’t a Democrat because:
[box type=”shadow”]I read the Republican platform. I said, “Well, they don’t rip human babies from their mothers’ womb. I said, “They’re not endorsing perversion.” So I said, “You know what? I think I’m a Republican.[/box]
A Strawman par excellence. This was greeted with a loud hoot from the crowd.
A lot has been said of Robertson’s homophobia, but there was also a strong underscore of racism; as he said in the January issue of GQ about Blacks during Jim Crow:
[box type=”shadow”] And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”[box]
Oops. Wrong right-wing white guy. Here’s Robertson:
[box type=”shadow”]They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, “I tell you what: These doggone white people”—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.[/box]
Remember the good ol days when Sean Hannity condemned Cliven Bundy for his racist remarks? No? That’s fine, Sean Hannity apparently doesn’t, either.
You can watch the interview in the video below.
h/t Crooks and Liars