Erick Erickson Smacks Down CNN's Bash for Calling Voter Anger Racist
RedState Editor and CNN contributor Erick Erickson is, for on Wednesday's "John King USA," he let Dana Bash have it for reiterating this insulting accusation.
"Talking to Democrats, I know you have, privately, will say some of the anger they hear in their districts, they say there's no doubt some of it is latent racism," uttered Bash.
Erickson was having none of if responding, "Oh, good lord...It's the last best trick of a losing Democrat, is to accuse the Republicans of racism."
When Erickson concluded his reply by stating Obama's "world view is fundamentally anti-American," a heated discussion between him and CNN's Roland Martin ensued (video follows with transcript and commentary):
DANA BASH, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Talking to Democrats, I know you have, privately, will say some of the anger they hear in their districts, they say there's no doubt some of it is latent racism. They can't prove it --
ERICK ERICKSON, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: Oh, good lord. When Republicans start talking, they scream racism. It's the last best trick of a losing Democrat, is to accuse the Republicans of racism. The issue here has nothing to do with race. The issue has to do with nobody, Republican or Democrat, has figured out what this guy's world view is. And the Republicans are starting to set the narrative for 2012 already that this guy's world view is fundamentally anti-American.
ROLAND MARTIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Erick, you're not going to sit here and say the president of the United States who is sworn to defend and protect the constitution, has an anti-American view. No what he wants to do --
ERICKSON: I think he has a view of America that views America as one of many nations and not the last best hope for mankind.
MARTIN: First, if you look at facts, Erick, we are one of many nations, so let's deal with that. When they have financial crisis taking place across the globe it also affected us, so we can't act like we're the only country out here. You will not sit here and call this president anti-American when he represents the United States of America, including you.
ERICKSON: I think his world view is an anathema to the American destiny as conservatives have viewed it and I think Newt Gingrich --
MARTIN: So what's your world view?
ERICKSON: My world view is that America is the last best hope for mankind for freedom and Obama doesn't view it that way.
MARTIN: It's President Barack Obama and he is an American and it's insulting to sit here and have Newt Gingrich talk about this Kenyan view. We know what he was saying there. It made no sense whatsoever. He should be ashamed of himself. And apologize for it. He's an American and he's a Christian just in case you were confused.
JOHN KING, HOST: I'm going to call it between Roland and Erick here. The other panelists silent during that. I appreciate the respectful debate between the two of you.
Nicely done, Erick. This racism schtick by liberal media members is getting old.
Are Americans that disagree with Democrat policies going to have to put up with this nonsense until Obama is removed from office?
Yes - that's a rhetorical question.