Thursday, September 1, 2011. 4:05 PM
Near the beginning of his Thursday, September 1 show, Glenn Beck continued to bring attention to the inflammatory and unsubstantiated rhetoric of Democrat Congressman Andre Carson (a Muslim representing a district in Indiana) regarding the Tea Party.
As covered here yesterday, Republican Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West has threatened to quit the Congressional Black Caucus if Carson does not repudiate his remarks which included, among other things, an unsubstantiated assertion that “this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me hanging on a tree.”
Early in the show, Beck, who is heard in the New York City metropolitan area on WLAD 800 AM, said: “… the Tea Party continues to be smeared. Anybody who stands against the system continues to be smeared. Andre Carson doubles down on the original comments. Set this up here, Pat, before we play the audio.”
Immediately thereafter, the following dialogue occurred between Beck, co-host Pat Gray and head writer Stu Burguiere:
Gray: Yeah, a few days ago, The Blaze broke the audio of what Andre Carson of the Congressional Black Caucus was saying about the Tea Party. Here’s that, in part.
Clip of Carson: [unintelligible then] The Tea Party is stopping that change. And this is beyond symbolic change. This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow [grammar sic].
Gray: So, what he’s saying … “This is the effort of Jim Crow.” So we’ll get back to that.
Beck: Of course.
Gray: Yeah, but who doesn’t want the old Jim Crow laws?
Beck: Come on, seriously.
Gray: I mean, how many banners have you seen at Tea Parties, how many speeches have you seen by Tea Party members: “Bring Back Jim Crow! It’s so incredible…”
Stu: I’m pretty sure that’s part of the Paul Ryan budget, which would bring back Jim Crow laws.
Beck: Yes. Now I want you to know that Huffington Post and everybody else will print all of our words as absolutely sincere.
Gray in fake voice: “Glenn Beck doesn’t have a problem with Jim Crow. He used the word ‘colored.’”
Burguiere in fake voice: “And now he’s for Jim Crow laws! “
Gray in fake voice: “He said it! He said it himself. He said bring back Jim Crow! He said it. Here it is.”
Beck: It’s unbelievable … So he goes into lynchings.
Audio of Carson: Some of these folks in Congress would love to see us [dramatic pause] as second-class citizens [“YEAH!!!” from crowd]. Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me … hanging on a tree.
Gray: OK, now the Tea Party and members of Congress would love to see them hanging from a tree. That is …
Beck: … You have such a distorted view of the world if you believe that that is true. Are there people that are black and white that wouldn’t mind hanging people of the other race? Yes. I think there is. That’s an issue. We should talk about those people when we find them. We shouldn’t diminish the cries of real racism by using this for politics.
I don’t know anybody in the Tea Party, I’ve never seen these – I would imagine that everybody in the Tea Party would shun anybody who was like that. I certainly don’t know anybody in Congress that feels that way.
Gray: And isn’t it, isn’t it …
Beck: … Maybe you should name names …
Gray: … It’s one of their big issues that any time you say anything about Islam – and we always put the qualifier on it: “extreme Islam”, “terrorist Islamists”, whatever – but you can’t classify an entire people by what just a few have done. And yet, I haven’t seen anybody saying anything about hanging anybody from a tree, and they’re classifying an entire people based on that stereotype.
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