Pat Buchanan has a long, long history of homophobia, anti-semitism, Holocaust diminution, racism, and bigotry, yet continues to play a role on the conservative stage — and on progressive, liberal television. Buchanan’s latest column, in which he says Norway shooter and mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik “may be right,” has fueled outrage from all corners of the political spectrum.
Buchanan is a paleoconservative MSNBC analyst whose failed 1992 Republican presidential campaign against incumbent George H. W. Bush led to a keynote and historic culture war speech at the GOP convention, in which he outlined “a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America.”
After presidential candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 speech on race,Â Buchanan offered this:
â€œAmerica has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into aÂ community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have everÂ known.â€
And Buchanan has the dubious distinction as being named one of the reasons famous formerly-conservative blogger Charles Johnson, of Little Green Footballs, convertedÂ in 2009.Â On his list of ten reasons why he parted ways with the Right, Johnson says, is,
â€œ2.Â SupportÂ for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)â€
Now, a new 21-page exposÃ© published today ago from Media Matters details Buchanan’s hatred, wrapped in the American flag. Here are a few examples.
At the onset of AIDS, when it seemed mostly a gay malady, some right-wingers could barely contain their glee. Columnist Pat Buchanan wrote in 1983: ”The poor homosexuals — they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is extracting an awful retribution.”
Jake Tapper reported of Buchanan: “In 1990, Buchanan spewed out another hate-filled sound bite: ‘With 80,000 dead of AIDS, 3,000 more buried each month, our promiscuous homosexuals appear literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide.'”
“What is the moral basis of the argument that homosexuality is normal, natural and healthy? In recent years, it has been associated with high levels of AIDS and enteric diseases, and from obits in gay newspapers, early death. Where is the successful society where homosexual marriage was normal?”
Buchanan “Condemned Critics Of The Sharpeville Massacre In South Africa, Where 67 Blacks Were Gunned Down By White Police.” Buchanan also made reference to Soviet poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko as “the house nigger of the Politburo.”
Immigration Will Turn U.S. Into “A Polyglot Boarding House For The World, A Tangle Of Squabbling Minorities.”
Buchanan Wrote Foreword To Book Compiling Works Of A White Supremacist.
Buchanan: Hitler “Was Also An Individual Of Great Courage,” and “Was World War II Worth It? … Why Destroy Hitler?”
There are 21 pages. Head over to Media Matters for the rest. Bring a barf bag.
Enjoy this piece?
… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.
NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.
Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.
Trump ‘Honors’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Visiting His DC Memorial – for 30 Seconds
President Donald Trump decided to “honor” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. late Monday afternoon by dragging his vice president to Washington, D.C.’s MLK Memorial. The two top executives spent all of 30 seconds there, on Martin Luther King Day, without saying a word. They then left. Both were back in the White House ten minutes later.
CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins documented the curious event:
President Trump and Vice President Pence just made an unannounced trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington. They stood in front of it for approximately 30 seconds with their heads bowed before turning and leaving without making remarks.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 20, 2020
Reuters’ Steve Holland posted this photo of Trump and Pence:
President Trump and Vice President Pence at the MLK Memorial pic.twitter.com/lH4vzsKTOg
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) January 20, 2020
The Hill posted video of Trump and Pence getting booed and cheered.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 20, 2020
By any standard Monday’s visit was astonishingly short. Last year Trump and Pence made the same visit – and stayed just 94 seconds.
Trump and Pence spent a whopping 94 seconds at the MLK memorial on MLK day in 2019 — and never uttered his name pic.twitter.com/GqOVbqcIHn
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 20, 2020
Earlier Monday Trump “honored” the civil rights icon by posting a tweet making the holiday all about himself. Trump suggested his own inauguration was a more important event than the celebration of Dr. King’s life, while Kellyanne Conway claimed his impeachment was akin to the battles Dr. King fought.
McConnell’s Impeachment Rules Package Fails by His ‘Own Standard’: CNN Legal Analyst
On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey excoriated the rules proposal for the Senate impeachment trial put forward by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“Look, Mitch McConnell has gone all in on the notion that this is going to be the same as the Clinton impeachment, that that was sort of the standard of fairness here,” said Hennessey.
This fails pretty plainly by McConnell’s own standard, forcing the presentation of the House managers’ case in 12 marathon hours that are going to stretch well into the middle of the night.”
“The American people are going to understand exactly what is going on here, which is that Mitch McConnell is hoping to exhaust the House managers, to exhaust the Senate, such that whenever it actually gets to the point that they have the choice to maybe call witnesses, there are going to be incentives against that,” continued Hennessey. “He’s also racing against other witnesses and other information that might come out.”
‘Racist White Man’ Donald Trump Destroyed for Making MLK Day About Himself
President Donald Trump supposedly was “preparing for Davos” on Monday but spent an extraordinary amount of time tweeting. It was bound to happen: he made Martin Luther King Day about himself.
Although King’s actual birthday is January 15, the federal holiday falls on the third Monday in January of each year, which this year happens to be January 20, when America’s presidents are sworn in to office every four years.
Trump couldn’t resist.
“It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office,” he tweeted. “So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!”
Note how not only did Trump make the day about himself, he made his inauguration more important than honoring Dr. King’s birth.
Earlier in the day Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway linked Trump being impeached to the injustices Dr. King fought.
We’re not going to challenge Trump’s economic assertions, but many took a moment to challenge how offensive it is to equate one’s self with the American civil rights icon.
And of course, Trump makes MLK Day about himself.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 20, 2020
hey remember when you and your Klansman father were fined by the federal government in 1973 for refusing to rent any of your crappy apartments to black people? good times, right? now what were you saying about Martin Luther King my dude
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 20, 2020
You’ve got to laugh when Donald Trump makes a play for the Black and Hispanic vote with employment statistics. President Obama took black unemployment from 17% to 7% and Hispanic unemployment from 13% to 5% but Donald Trump tries to fool everyone and take credit
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) January 20, 2020
“How can I make MLK Jr. Day about me, a racist white man? I’VE GOT IT” https://t.co/1My26oDHqa
— Wesley Moncrief (@wrmoncrief) January 20, 2020
Only Trump could make MLK day all about him.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) January 20, 2020
Your inauguration crowd was *tiny* compared with Obama’s. #MLKDay
— Adrian Wapcaplet (@AdrianWapcapIet) January 20, 2020
Alexa, show me an example of narcissism: https://t.co/qBMfmEYVU2
— Jim (@JimmyHumps) January 20, 2020
A tale of two Presidents. pic.twitter.com/W9AP3OR9dz
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) January 20, 2020
Florida man makes day commemorating the life of Civil Rights leader about himself. https://t.co/9LM7vCISXW
— x – Michael Welchans (@mwelchanshfa) January 20, 2020
Extremely inappropriate, even by the standards of this imbecile https://t.co/H37vWzTeft
— Carl Ritter (@CarlWRitter) January 20, 2020
“Today is also MLK Day” https://t.co/hS53g1v3JS
— Francesco Fontemaggi (@ffontemaggi) January 20, 2020
Racist birther who lost the popular vote couldn't help himself today. https://t.co/FG9YfUwPvC
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) January 20, 2020
- CORRUPTION2 days ago
Former GOP Lawmaker Who Met Parnas Multiple Times Breaks Ranks and Calls Him ‘Credible’: ‘Everything He’s Saying Is True’
- CHAOS2 days ago
George Conway Reveals Trump Is Being Shunned by Law Firms Because Young Lawyers ‘Want Nothing to Do With Him’
- WAR CRIMES3 days ago
‘One Minute to Live, Sir’: Trump Shared Details of Soleimani Assassination With Top Dollar Donors at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser
- RIGHT WING EXTREMISM16 hours ago
‘Can You Imagine a Group of Black Men Walking Around With Masks and Guns?’: Gun Rally Sparks Questions of Racism and Privilege
- GOP DISINFORMATION MACHINE3 days ago
Rod Rosenstein Admits He Authorized Release of Strzok-Page Texts That Spawned Preposterous GOP Conspiracy Theories
- RIGHT WING EXTREMISM1 day ago
Anti-Abortion Activist Group Launches Massive $52 Million Campaign to Re-Elect Trump and GOP Senate
- DIRTY TRICKSTERS19 hours ago
Mitch McConnell Considering ‘Kill Switch’ That Allows Him to Pull Plug on Trump Impeachment Trial at Any Time: Report
- CREDIBILITY NOW LACKING19 hours ago
Alan Dershowitz Once Argued a President Who ‘Corrupts the Office’ and ‘Abuses Trust’ Should Be Impeached