Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday took apart overblown media coverage of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s speech to a white supremacist group in 2002, pointing out the “double standard” for liberal and conservative politicians is alive and well in the Obama Era.
Noting that Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, demonstrated no “racist” tendencies in his time in office (other than being a Republican, of course), Krauthammer compared what he did to Barack Obama’s membership in a church pastored by a radical black nationalist for more than 20 years.
“I think the key question here is not just that this happened 12 years ago, but as far as I can tell, there is not a shred of evidence that there is anything in the intervening 12 years which would indicate any evidence of racism, hostility or ill will or anything of this nature, which means it is just a single event 12 years,” Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report.”
“There is a double standard. Obama became didn’t just wander into Jeremiah Wright’s church one time 12 years ago. He sat in it for 22 years as the man who is a racist raved against America and talked about 9/11 being chickens coming home to roost … These aren’t even comparable.”
Wright wasn’t just Obama’s pastor. He officiated at the Obamas’ wedding. He baptized Obama’s daughters. One of his sermons even inspired the title of Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” autobiography, for God’s sake.
Yet a speech 12 years ago is worth an uproar? Of course it is, in the mainstream media.
Scalise is a Republican.
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