As we already discussed here, there were some pretty vile responses, to say the least, to President Obama's impromptu speech about Trayvon Martin and the state of race relations in the United States. This Sunday, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry let Sean Hannity have it for one of the nastier ones we saw all week.
If you're like many Americans, what you heard when President Obama spoke on Friday was a candid and courageous meditation on race in America, but if you are a part of a small group of people who spend the better part of each day dreaming up new ways to troll the President, you likely devoured the speech as a delicious morsel of bait. None more so than professional troll and Fox News host Sean Hannity, proving the President's point about how the race claims of African Americans often fall on deaf ears, Hannity came up with his own reinterpretation of what President Obama was really saying.
The President very clearly and carefully laid out his analysis for why he identified with Trayvon Martin, but on his radio show Friday, Sean Hannity had this to say:
“Now the president’s saying Trayvon could’ve been me 35 years ago,” Hannity said on his radio show. “This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting that I guess because what, he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow — I’m not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.”
Way to both completely miss the President's point, and prove at the same damn time.
As our friends over at News Hounds noted, Hannity is the #1 race-baiter on that network. He was one of the worst, chasing after the Rev. Jeremiah Wright nonsense from day one and he hasn't gotten any better since.
Congratulations on helping the GOP with that minority outreach program of theirs Hannity. You and Rushbo just keep on being their spokespeople if you want to make sure that no one other than angry, racist old white men want to vote for them.
h/t Media Matters