Grayson dressed down for Tea Party-KKK comparison by…Martin Bashir?

posted at 8:01 pm on October 25, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, a very liberal host who’s not known to be shy with his rhetoric, takes exception to Rep. Alan Grayson’s use of KKK imagery in his recent Tea-Party bashing fundraising e-mail. Bashir’s argument is something along the lines of, “Sure, they’re terrible racists, but they’re not murdering, terrible racists,” but credit for a member of the Rhetoric Police doing a tiny bit to enforce the standards for his own side in this ridiculous bit of blue-on-blue action between two ridiculous men of the left.

Grayson, as you might imagine, double/triple/quadruples down:

Bashir began by noting that he has “some sympathy” for Grayson’s analysis, citing how “over the last five years, we have witnessed plenty of instances of racial hatred toward the president — whether it’s the revoting Rush Limbaugh, the imbecile Sarah Palin, or tea party supporters spewing their hate at various rallies.” However, he asked, “How can you possibly compare racist epithets with racist actions of the KKK, which actually led to racist murders?”

Grayson defends his analogy and expresses relief that we haven’t gotten to Tea Party murders…yet:

Grayson responded that “the home of discrimination and bigotry in our country” is the tea party, similar to how, at one point, the KKK was the wellspring of racial hatred years ago. “I’m pleased that we haven’t gone so far as to see those murders,” he said, “but the analogy holds to that degree,” citing the protestor who waved a Confederate flag in front of the White House recently.

“But how many young black and white civil rights workers has the tea party lynched?” Bashir asked, prompting the congressman to respond: “Sometimes analogies are imperfect.”

“Do you accept that that may have been an inappropriate analogy?” the MSNBC host pressed.

“No,” the congressman replied.

Yes, what would it mean for the United States if, say, a gunman bent on killing his political adversaries for their beliefs walked through a political organization’s doors and started shooting? Or, say, a major political protest movement was also the scene of several deaths, widespread property damage, and sexual assaults? Who can even imagine a world like that, Rep. Grayson? Maybe you could come up with an analogy for that.

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Lolz!!! That ugly mug just makes me laugh. Grayson is….Lolz!!!

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Grayson is a hyper-douche.

Moose Drool on October 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

If it wasn’t for their manufactured racial hatred and division, the Dem’s would lose 50% of their platform.

BVM on October 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Alan Grayson: Where the fruit meets the loop.

Pork-Chop on October 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Even when Bashir “dresses down” Grayson, his harshest words are reserved for Limbaugh and Palin. Bashir is a joke.

GOPRanknFile on October 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

So according to the FL moron ,
TEA partiers are ……. Democrats ?

burrata on October 25, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Do we know if Alan Grayson isn’t in the KKK? A Southern white Democrat is their demographic after all. Maybe Alan Grayson is trying to distract us from him being a klansman.

rbj on October 25, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Two idiots and not a brain between them.

GarandFan on October 25, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Grayson looks like one of those old school Democrats who liked to burn crosses for 100+ years.

Do we have ANY proof that Grayson does not come from a long line of clansmen who were ALL Democrats?

Freddy on October 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t this deuce win his seat back due to redistricting? And didn’t Allen West lose his seat due to that same redistricting? And wasn’t that redistricting done by Florida’s GOP?

Our enemies are legion…and varied.

predator on October 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

West more or less said that he thought that this guy would be primaried in 2014…doesn’t fit well with his district

the FL Dems not longer want him

r keller on October 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

“over the last five years, we have witnessed plenty of instances of racial hatred toward the president — whether it’s the revoting Rush Limbaugh, the imbecile Sarah Palin, or tea party supporters spewing their hate at various rallies.”

Proof, Marty, c’mon, provide your proofs.
A-hat.

pambi on October 25, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I’ll give him credit on two things. His nose is completely crooked on his face, and the clown tie is a nice touch.

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 8:13 PM

‘Alan Grayson is a few fries short of a Happy Meal.’

- Former Congressman Carlos Danger

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Even when Bashir “dresses down” Grayson, his harshest words are reserved for Limbaugh and Palin. Bashir is a joke.

GOPRanknFile on October 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Bashir just wants Grayson to tone it down in public because it’s hurting the cause.

He’s of the same ilk but uses words like “revolting” and “imbecile” because they’re, ah, classier.

Drained Brain on October 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Isn’t there a bridge that Grayson is supposed to be bombing with his OWS friends?

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Anyone else think he looks inbred?

CurtZHP on October 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

I used to think Alan Grayson was an idiot. I still think he’s despicable, but as far as politics goes, what better way to get yourself a million miles of free publicity than to pull a stunt like he did? Now I understand his self serving strategy…it was guaranteed to get him on the front pages of blogs and news sites1 Brilliant! You might even call him the Miley Cyrus of politics, all he lacks now is to learn to twerk and stick his tongue out till it hangs past his expansive jawline and he’ll be on the front pages for weeks more.

scalleywag on October 25, 2013 at 8:17 PM

God bless Alan Grayson. The guy has no “liberal filter” between his mouth and brain heart.

F15Mech on October 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Bashir just wants Grayson to tone it down in public because it’s hurting the cause.

He’s of the same ilk but uses words like “revolting” and “imbecile” because they’re, ah, classier.

Drained Brain on October 25, 2013 at 8:14 PM

This may be the case. But I actually think Bashir doesn’t mind Grayson saying these things even in public. He just brought Grayson on to prove that he can “take on” members of his own party, which was more of a contrived “Shouldn’t you know better (,you brave and admirable soul)?”. Low hanging fruit.

GOPRanknFile on October 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Grayson, his harshest words are reserved for Limbaugh and Palin. Bashir is a joke.

GOPRanknFile on October 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Exactly, he’s extending his message for him while feigning outrage.

scalleywag on October 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Dude looks like the sort of cat who tries to have sex with the fresh-baked apple pie you just left to cool on the windowsill.

A Balrog of Morgoth on October 25, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I think Grayson is just trying to legitimize the KKK. It’s kind of like when they call people who oppose their communist agenda ‘Hitlers’, it rehabilitates Hitler more than it diminishes their target.

Buddahpundit on October 25, 2013 at 8:22 PM

He looks like a mad dog.

scalleywag on October 25, 2013 at 8:23 PM

News Busters says that later in that interview Grayson accused Batsh*t of collaborating with the Tea Party. I didn’t watch the vid above, so I don’t know if it’s in that one or not.

predator on October 25, 2013 at 8:24 PM

This may be the case. But I actually think Bashir doesn’t mind Grayson saying these things even in public. He just brought Grayson on to prove that he can “take on” members of his own party, which was more of a contrived “Shouldn’t you know better (,you brave and admirable soul)?”. Low hanging fruit.

GOPRanknFile on October 25, 2013 at 8:18 PM

That may be closer to the mark than my first thought. Or maybe some of each.

Drained Brain on October 25, 2013 at 8:26 PM

He looks like the ambulance chasers we see on the back of phone books and on late night tv. What a nasty pos.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM

He looks like a mad dog.

scalleywag on October 25, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Grayson and Peter King stand in front of the mirror and practice that same look.

Buddahpundit on October 25, 2013 at 8:29 PM

He looks like the ambulance chasers we see on the back of phone books and on late night tv. What a nasty pos.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 25, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Interestingly, he used to be an attorney.

22044 on October 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Just go full Morton Downey, Jr., already and stage an assault on yourself, Al.

Christien on October 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

If it wasn’t for their manufactured racial hatred and division, the Dem’s would lose 50% of their platform.

BVM on October 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Actually, they are losing on this rhetoric very quickly, since informed voters see it for what it is, feckless and desperate tripe.

Rovin on October 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Correct link…

Resist We Much on October 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Even when Bashir “dresses down” Grayson, his harshest words are reserved for Limbaugh and Palin. Bashir is a joke.

GOPRanknFile on October 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Yep.

BallisticBob on October 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Liberals, in the general outlook of events, didn’t have a very good week. Let’s hope the trend continues.

Rovin on October 25, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Hopefully Floridians will remember this. Even if they want to be represented by a Democrat, is this the best the district can do? Really?

ojfltx on October 25, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I have to say Grayson is extremely intelligent, just he’s on the wrong side. Bashir is an imbecile.

ebrawer on October 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

…they elected him!

KOOLAID2 on October 25, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Is it just me or Grayson looks like Shrek?

jimver on October 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Let Alan Grayson know what you think:

703-442-9262
8419 Oak Park Rd
Orlando, FL 32819-3240

ashiya on October 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

but credit for a member of the Rhetoric Police doing a tiny bit to enforce the standards for his own side in this ridiculous bit of blue-on-blue action between two ridiculous men of the left.

NO.

When they are destroyed will we be done. Until then, no credit – and no quarter – given.

Midas on October 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM

All I have to say is this.

michaelo on October 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM

LOL, awesome – you have a beautiful family, sir.

Midas on October 26, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Alan Grayson is a pedophile.

Ronnie on October 26, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Loon on Loon

pat on October 26, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Let Alan Grayson know what you think:

703-442-9262
8419 Oak Park Rd
Orlando, FL 32819-3240

ashiya on October 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

…..is this real?,,,,,,,,

williamg on October 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Negative publicity is still publicity.

Sad.

TimBuk3 on October 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

…..is this real?,,,,,,,,

williamg on October 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

It’s not an Orlando area code.

Ronnie on October 26, 2013 at 1:32 AM

I would like to see some examples of Tea Partiers being racist. Where are the examples?

HiJack on October 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

I wouldn’t doubt for a second that Grayson decided to take some attention away from all of the bad news the libturds have been experiencing these past few weeks.

HiJack on October 26, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Does Grayson have more contempt for his voters or the truth?

profitsbeard on October 26, 2013 at 2:47 AM

This strawman needs to be burned in a huge bonfire. I’ve had it with the false meme that the Tea Party is racist or that a rabid liberal should not be criticized simply because he hides behind being black. I detest Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Holder, Carney heck all Dems these days. I hate their IDEAS. The TP is nothing more than folks wanting to slow the growth of government. How does that make us racists? If there aren’t a lot of blacks and Hispanics on our groups that is their fault, no one is stopping them from joining. In fact whenever a minority person shows up he or she is welcomed with open arms. Enough lies from the likes of Grayson.

neyney on October 26, 2013 at 3:45 AM

A Black friend of mine took exception to my comment that all of the hooded KKK members in a recent photo were registered Democrats.

This is how far we have come since that guy had a dream.

BigAlSouth on October 26, 2013 at 5:20 AM

A Black friend of mine took exception to my comment that all of the hooded KKK members in a recent photo were registered Democrats.

This is how far we have come since that guy had a dream.

BigAlSouth on October 26, 2013 at 5:20 AM

funny. a lib “taking exception” with facts and the truth. ya dont see that everyday.

t8stlikchkn on October 26, 2013 at 6:21 AM

If you need any more proof the last election was stolen, I give you Alan Grayson. Who would re-elect someone who thinks like this?

One more point, however, Martin Bashir didn’t really take him to task on this. In fact he tended to agree with him up, and until, the KKK part. Please, liberal media, please give the Democrats the same, exactly the same, treatment you give the tea party and Republicans. I can’t begin to imagine the front page stories had a Republican made a similar comment, yet the Democrats always get a free pass. Grayson can’t offer one piece of evidence that the tea party thinks like this, yet he’s not asked to offer evidence. So, please, follow the Democrats and Obama like you do Republicans and the Tea Party and report for God’s sake, on what they do.

bflat879 on October 26, 2013 at 7:28 AM

The last adjective that should ever be attached to Grayson is “honorable.” Call me back when a tea partier shats on a cop car.

Greek Fire on October 26, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Not sure but I don’t think the KKK allowed Republicans or conservatives into their ranks. Pretty sure you had to have solid Democrat credentials to join. Grayson could have been Grand Poobah. He’d look good in sheet and pointy headed hood.

Oldnuke on October 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

He has a human toe on his key chain.

Akzed on October 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Anyone else think he looks inbred?

CurtZHP on October 25, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Yes. Neanderthal first cousins.

Ted Torgerson on October 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

What about Chris Hayes?

Warning. Link is to the democratic underground site.

Fallon on October 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Grayson’s attempt at labeling the Tea Party as a racist KKK equivalent is nothing to dismiss. He knows that a large percentage of Americans are low info types and not too bright and such associations can well discourage many of the conservatively inclined among them from any thoughts of joining a Tea Party. Grayson knows what he’s doing and is hardly really interested in the truth of his calumny; getting the racist/KKK label attached is the goal.

Republicans should counter with their own charge of racism against Grayson & similar Democrats – the racism of low expectations of blacks to dependency on the Democrat Plantation of free stuff & preferences. The racism to expect minorities to vote for Democrats no matter what so that the Democrat Plantation masters can totally take them for granted. Democrats are the real racists.

Chessplayer on October 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Grayson reminds me of the kid in school that nobody liked. He was mean, obnoxious, & nasty and no one wanted him around them. And, I might add, he probably got his butt kicked more than once just for the crap that came out of his mouth. Someone needs to find out who is stuffing the ballot boxes in that district before the next election. Florida is way too nice a state to be represented by this jerk!

Boats48 on October 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Had I not read this post, I would have forgotten that Bashir was still alive, let alone still a PMSNBC host.

Even when Bashir “dresses down” Grayson, his harshest words are reserved for Limbaugh and Palin. Bashir is a joke.

GOPRanknFile on October 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Our standards are pretty low to consider this “dressing down.”

Myron Falwell on October 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

“Lolz” get elected nowadays. That’s not so funny. Why didn’t the GOP infiltrate and purchase broadcast media and every newspaper in the country decades ago.

eaglesdontflock on October 26, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Grayson reminds me of Earl Sinclair from “Dinosaurs” and Hillary looks like his mother-in-law.

disa on October 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM