Tom Tancredo’s muy caliente remarks at the recent National Tea Party Convention, in Nashville, outed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow as a race-baiting demagogue.
Here’s what the former Colorado congressman said: “Mostly because, I think, that we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in this country, people, people who could not even spell the word ‘vote,’ or say it in English, put a committed, socialist ideologue in the White House, name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
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Here’s what Maddow said (after denigrating Tancredo as a “failed presidential candidate” and a “professional anti-immigrant”):Just for reference here, when Tom Tancredo talks about literacy tests, that`s what they used in the south to keep black people from voting before civil rights legislation and court rulings put a stop to that. So the national tea party convention opened with a clarion call to bring back the literacy tests for voting. And as you could hear, the tea party convention crowd erupted in cheers at the suggestion, although, to be fair, it was sort of hard to tell exactly what the sounds coming from the crowd meant. They were sort of a little bit muffled by, you know, the white hoods.
Talk about playing to the lowest common denominator. That’s the kind of comment that makes comedian Jon Stewart seem like a Rhodes scholar. Talk about… Oh, wait: . Maddow is a Rhodes scholar, and has a doctorate in political science from Oxford University, but she sure doesn’t listen very well.
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