Discussing Barack Obama's second inaugural address with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) shortly after 4 p.m. EST today, MSNBC host Martin Bashir approvingly noted how the president "critiqued some of the negative things" in American politics today, such as when he said "name-calling is not a reasoned debate" and "I've taken an oath to God and country, not to party and faction."
"I was thinking, these were rebukes, frankly, to House Republicans, in no small degree," Bashir concluded. Of course, to worry about political name-calling is rich coming from Bashir, who on various occasions has compared Republicans and conservatives to bloodthirsty tyrants responsible for bloody political repression. Below is just a short list of Bashir's battiest attacks on conservatives or Republicans:
- On January 14, 2013 Bashir compared the NRA to Adolf Hitler.
- On January 9, 2013 Bashir compared Florida Gov. Rick Scott to Nicolae Ceauşescu
- Bashir joked that perhaps Donald Trump was a "son of a big, fat, hairy ape"
- After the election, Bashir snarked that Ugandan dictator Idi Amin had a "warmer regard" for his countrymen than Mitt Romney does for his
- In November 2012, Bashir "apologize[d]" to viewers who might have been "frightened" by Charles Krauthammer's face
- In October 2012 hinted that Mitt Romney may face a mental breakdown were he to be elected president.
- In September 2012 called Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a "compulsive liar"
- In June 2012 he called Speaker John Boehner a "coward"
- In May 2012 he wished a Facebook co-founder would "go play with the traffic" for renouncing his U.S. citizenship to reside in Singapore
- In February 2012 he compared Rick Santorum to Josef Stalin
To borrow from a classic Bashir bash of Mitt Romney, does Martin "believe we are all imbeciles who can't be bothered to check" his record?