Fired CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill still stands by his “brother” Louis Farrakhan and claimed the controversial Nation of Islam leader is no different than Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
The professor at Temple University in Philadelphia and former CNN contributor would not renounce Farrakhan during an interview on “The Breakfast Club,” a syndicated radio program, arguing that black people shouldn’t “throw him away wholesale” just because their views differ.
Watch Hill’s full interview with “The Breakfast Club” in the video below:
“For some reason, if you meet with Minister Farrakhan and you don’t throw him away wholesale, then you’re castigated in a way that doesn’t happen with anybody else,” Hill said.
“I worked on Fox News for many years. No one ever said, ‘Why are you meeting? Why are you sitting with Bill O’Reilly? Why are you sitting with Sean Hannity? Why are you sitting with Ann Coulter?’ No one ever said that,” he added.
“And I’m not comparing Farrakhan to them except to say that if you think they’re extremist — well, I think they’re extremist,” he clarified. “So why is one set of people untouchable? Why does every black leader have to ritually denounce Farrakhan in order to sustain a position? That doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
Hill was fired from CNN earlier this month for a speech he gave at the United Nations that was rife with antisemitic rhetoric, including an apparent endorsement of violent resistance by Palestinians against Israel.
“Again, Minister Farrakhan is my brother,” Hill said on the radio program. “The idea that we have to renounce him, denounce him, throw him away … in the black tradition, I ain’t got the luxury of throwing people who love us away. I ain’t got the luxury of taking people who come out of traditions that have saved us and cleaned us and throw them away. We can’t do that. We shouldn’t do that.”
His comments echoed a statement Hill had released in October in which he also would not renounce Farrakhan, stating, “I do NOT believe … that Minister Farrakhan is an anti-Semite.”
Farrakhan, who has close ties to several prominent Democrats, referred to Jews as “termites” back in October and stood in solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Iran last month in a speech condemning the United States and leading chants of “Death to America! Death to Israel!”
Hill’s comparisons of Farrakhan and Hannity during his radio interview earned him more backlash on Twitter.
Has Sean Hannity ever used the N word to describe black people? I rest my case.
— Dana Behar (@DanaBehar2) December 19, 2018
And Adolph Hitler was equivalent to Winston Churchill.
— William Stoneham (@WilliamStoneha1) December 19, 2018
Mark Lamont Hill is a hater, racist and anti-semite. He is a jerk. Why O’Reilly used to have him on his show is mind boggling to me.
— Deirdre Robinson (@DeirdreDrdr) December 18, 2018
Did we need this to know Marc Lamont Hill is truly disturbed? I think not.
— Jeff Necessary (@22Necessary) December 19, 2018
Ok @marclamonthill I am willing to entertain a discussion about Hannity and O’Reiley having conservative views. However, there is no comparison to Farrakhan, an openly racists, anti-Semitic, anti-American zealot, that teaches whites are a race of devils that deserve to die.
— Clint Trevor Reeves (@reeveswire) December 19, 2018
In the spirit of Christmas, we must excuse Marc Lamont Hill’s astounding ignorance. Let’s not forget that Mr. Hill was fired by CNN. This is the equivalent of a person who claims to be an intellectual losing his job as an assistant fry cook.
— mikewolfg17 (@mikewolfg17) December 19, 2018
??hardly!!! Sean Hannity isn’t a raging racist.
— Painintheass to libs (@Painintheass19) December 19, 2018
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) December 19, 2018
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