The "race hustler" in chief, Bill O'Reilly was back at it for a second night, attacking Rep. Barbara Lee for daring to point out that the zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan's remarks, where he was basically calling men of color in "inner cities" a bunch of lazy bums who have no work ethic was some not so thinly veiled racism.
O'Reilly brought Ryan on this Tuesday and did his best to get him to attack Lee right along with him, but Ryan wasn't playing. He was more than happy to pretend that his comments weren't racist. It's times like these that I wish we had someone like The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi there to pop in on the set and say to Bill-O and Ryan what he said to that North Carolina GOP official that resigned after he interview him, "You know that we can hear you, right?"
I don't know who these two think they're fooling other than Bill-O's gullible audience over at Faux "news." Here's more from Fox's blog: ‘I Don’t Have a Racist Bone in My Body’: Ryan on Backlash Over His Poverty Remarks:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight to respond to backlash over remarks he made on inner city culture.
“We have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities, in particular of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there’s a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with,” Ryan said on “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America” radio show.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called these remarks a “thinly veiled racial attack.”
“There was nothing racial whatsoever in what I said, and if you listen to the full context of all of my remarks, that’s pretty clear,” Ryan told Bill O’Reilly. He said we should get beyond throwing baseless charges at one another and have a real conversation about poverty in the United States.
Ryan said he called Lee to make it clear that race had nothing to do with his comments.
“She knows me well, and she knows that I don’t have a racist bone in my body,” he said.
When asked why Lee implied that he’s racist, Ryan said, “You’d have to ask Barbara that.”
Ryan said he isn’t mad at the California congresswoman for her response to what he said on the radio show.
“I’m a big boy. I understand that if you challenge the status quo, that if you get into these issues, sometimes you’ll be misinterpreted,” he said.
The Wisconsin congressman said he wants to solve the problem of poverty across the nation because government programs aren’t working.
“Why don’t we go listen to people in poverty? Why don’t we go visit with the poor and see what’s working, what’s not, and if you go do that, as I’ve been doing all year long, you will find tremendously impressive and inspiring stories about people successfully fighting poverty and getting themselves out of it,” Ryan said, stressing that we should be focusing “not on servicing poverty, but on solving poverty.”
They don't have any interest in doing anything other than giving lip service to that as well. They think if they just change their rhetoric, everyone's going to ignore their policies and who they benefit, and it sure as hell is not those living in poverty or the working class.
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