Last weekend, while at a California Democratic Party convention, Congresswoman Maxine Waters used the word “demons” to describe Republican leadership in Washington.
“I saw pictures of Boehner and Cantor on our screens (at the convention). Don’t ever let me see again, in life, those Republicans in our hall, on our screens, talking about anything. These are demons,” she said, trying to rile up electoral enthusiasm for this November’s election. “They are bringing down this country, destroying this country, because they’d rather do whatever they can do destroy this president rather than for the good of this country.”
Waters spoke the truth, in part. The Republicans truly are more interested in obstructing Obama than actually making political progress. Fox example, Senator Jim DeMint, a Tea Party leader, told CPAC attendees last weekend, “Compromise works well in this world when you have shared goals… We don’t have shared goals with the Democrats.”
Waters use of the word “demons,” however, was a bit over-the-top, and brought on some predictable backlash.
Eric Cantor rapidly responded, releasing a statement insisting, “That is a sad and unfortunate speech from a senior House Democrat, particularly at a time when we should be trying to find common ground on ways to get Americans back to work.”
Over at Fox News, Waters’ comments garnered a more inflammatory reaction from Fox and Friends host Eric Bolling, a man who has previously said The Muppets promote communist ideals and that there were no terror attacks under George W. Bush’s presidency. But his reaction to Waters’ “demons” remark was perhaps the most inflammatory: Bolling suggested the congresswoman is on crack.
“What is going on in California? How’s this? Congresswoman, you saw what happened to Whitney Houston. Step away from the crack pipe, step away from the Xanax, step away from the Lorazepam because it’s going to get you in trouble.” he said, according to Politico. “How else do you explain those comments?”
Aside from being wrong — there’s no evidence Whitney Houston was on crack — Bolling’s reaction was slathered in not-so-subtle racism, and clearly his producers agreed, because he issued an informal, half-assed apology after the next commercial break.
“Alright, before we get started, I just want to say I was kidding about the crack pipe,” he said. “Just kidding.”
Am I the only one who reads that “just kidding” and thinks of some nasally, petty grade schooler insulting a friend while trying to save face? It’s a completely insincere and clearly forced apology, one that does little to erase the fact that he said a black congresswoman smokes crack, a drug conspiracy theorists think the U.S. government helped distribute specifically to target black Americans.
Don’t worry, Fox News fans, your news channel of choice is just as conservative, and disgusting, as always.