From Obama effigies and hate speech to coded racial commentary and flat-out lies, this campaign season has had no shortage of bizarre, infuriating and downright insane political moments. As the presidential election approaches, we’re collecting them here for a special edition of our Crazy Talk series. We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.
Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 12:03 p.m. EST: Republican endorsed “darkey” “massa” song: A recently unearthed video shows George Allen, the Republican nominee for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat, endorsing a controversial state song while he was a legislator in the 1990s, the Huffington Post reports:
In video footage of Allen speaking on the floor of the state House of Delegates in 1991, the Republican endorsed retaining “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia” as the official state song during debate on whether the song should be repealed. The song was designated as Virginia’s state song in 1940 and had been the subject of annual repeal bills starting in 1970 due to several racially tinged lyrics, including references to ‘darkey’ and ‘massa.’ Allen eventually repealed it as the state’s song in 1997 during his last year as the state’s governor.
During the debate, Allen said the song was an important part of the state’s history.
Friday, Nov. 2, 8:00 a.m. EDT: Bill O’Reilly on black Christians and Obama: The Fox News host decided to use one of his last shows before the presidential election to play a video of black bishop E.W. Jackson proclaiming that Planned Parenthood is worse than the KKK for African Americans. Then he asked two black religious leaders how blacks could “in good faith” support the Democratic Party. Bonus: At one point, O’Reilly managed to get his two guests confused. Watch the video here.
Thursday, Nov. 1, 12:36 p.m. EDT: Obama responded to Sandy too quickly? Former FEMA Director Michael Brown criticized President Obama’s early response to Hurricane Sandy during comments about the president’s response to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, Think Progress reports. “One thing he’s gonna be asked is, why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in … Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?” Brown said. “Why was this so quick? … At some point, somebody’s going to ask that question … This is like the inverse of Benghazi.”
Thursday, Nov. 1, 12:25 p.m. EDT: Staged Hurricane Sandy rally? Buzz Feed reports on the last-minute decision by the Romney campaign Monday to suspend politics while Sandy raged. Aides were sent scrambling in Ohio to convert a scheduled victory rally into an apolitical “storm relief event.”
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. EDT: Trump: Hurricane Sandy is good luck for the president? “Hurricane is good luck for Obama again — he will buy the election by handing out billions of dollars,” Donald Trump tweeted to his followers recently. And being the consummate provocateur, he decided to extend the deadline for his “October surprise” announcement, which landed with a thud last week. He has pledged $5 million to a charity of President Obama’s choice, provided the president makes public his college applications and transcripts and releases his passport history, a far cry from the October-surprise bombshell Trump had promised. “Because of the hurricane, I am extending my 5 million dollar offer for President Obama’s favorite charity until 12PM on Thursday,” he tweeted. Read more at the examiner.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2:42 p.m. EDT: Democrats have a lock on the stupid votes? “We have to give it up. Democrats have a lock on the stupid voters. We are never going to get them. They have feeble-minded women. They apparently have 6-year-old kids who have been told Republicans are killing the polar bears,” conservative author and political pundit Ann Coulter said recently on Hannity while discussing a supposed political ad of children singing, according to Real Clear Politics. Then, in response to a question from Sean Hannity about whether she thought President Barack Obama was on the defensive in battleground states, she said, “I’m worried the Democrats are going to steal Ohio. They’ve put all their eggs in that basket.” Stunning allegation from a party whose presidential candidate in 2000, George W. Bush, narrowly lost the popular vote to Democrat Al Gore but defeated Gore in the Electoral College. In the highly contested election, Gore became the third presidential candidate to receive the largest share of the popular vote while losing the electoral vote.