Ed Schultz Rails Against 'Conservative Separatist Movement,' Compares GOP to White Supremacists

Liberal MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Tuesday denounced what he imagined to be the "conservative separatist movement" in America. The newly installed 5pm anchor connected Republicans such as Rand Paul to real life examples of racism. Reflecting on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's march on Washington, Schultz fumed, "There's an undercurrent of anger out there, that there is this conservative separatist movement that is taking grip in America to separate."

Describing an incident of an African American man unfairly being asked to leave a restaurant, Schultz sneered that the example showcases "Rand Paul's America." He blithely added, "Some Republicans think it's their God given right to discriminate." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

Schult'z entire monologue, the first ten minutes of his program, casually linked conservative Republicans to vile racists:

SCHULTZ: Sixty-one-year old Craig Paul Cobb wants to set up a racist utopia. Cobb has been called one of the most extreme white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the country. So, what's the guy doing? He's buying a bunch of real estate in the area and he wants people to move in. And he plans to fill the town with other racists that basically want to take over the community. It's the conservative separatist movement in America.

The segment derided the south and featured a graphic declaring, "Pride in Prejudice."

On Monday, the host ranted about "lying" Republicans who hate the saving of lives due to Obamacare.

Shocking as it may seem, Schultz's 5pm show is more radical and hate-filled than the previous host and program, Chris Matthews's Hardball.

A partial transcript of the Ed Show, which aired at 5:05pm ET on August 27 follows:


08/27/13

5:05

[Ed is playing clips of people he talked to at a town hall meeting he hosted and then cutting back to his show to answer the comments.]

STATE REP. MARY MOORE (D-Alabama): I got a call this week from white female Republican. We have a school district in our county that has made application to become independent. The reason she called me was because in her church this past Sunday, they were bullied and told you've got to support this school district pulling away from the county so we can minimize the number of blacks that's in our school district. And she was-- even though she was Republican, she was disheartened because she said she never looked at the party from that perspective.

...

ED SCHULTZ: There's an undercurrent of anger out there, that there is this conservative separatist movement that is taking grip in America to separate. We're not as equal as we think we are. And when we start going into the educational system and start splitting up resources and shortchanging certain districts and stories like that, what that woman just talked about, what kind of America are we living in? Yes, we have a I long way to go, don't we?

...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The problem now is that too many people have misinformation, but they don't want to accept the facts. And sometimes the misinformation takes over the facts.

SCHULTZ: Now, where in the world would they be getting all this misinformation? Would it be right wing radio that permeates all throughout the south where you can't find liberal talk radio or anything else that would compare to the spewing of hate that comes out across those states? Why is it that the Republican Party has such a grip on the south? That was one of the questions I asked. What is it about Republican policy, when it comes to cutting education, denying health care, going after pensions, shipping jobs overseas, what is it that the south doesn't get about American workers? Meanwhile, education cuts, Republican misinformation, and voting against your own self-interests, just the tip of the iceberg. The right to vote is now under attack by Republicans all across this nation, well documented on this network.

5:09

[African American recounts his experience in a restaurant.]

MAN: She said well, there's a situation where one of our customers feels threatened by your party. So she asked us not to the sit you in our section, which totally alarmed all of us because we're sitting there peacefully for two hours. So, I asked here, I said, "I want to be clear with you. So, you're telling me I have to leave?" She said, "I have the right to deny you service." I said, "So you're asking me to leave because you're upset he was recording you? After we've waited three hours and after you pretty much already discriminated against us?" And she answered yes.

SCHULTZ: That's America. Well, Wild Wings Café, well, they apologized to the group and they really wanted to make it right. So they offered them all a free meal. A little too late, isn't it? It's important to keep in mind this incident, I guess you could say is Rand Paul's America. Some Republicans think it's their God given right to discriminate and their dangerously [sic] thinking is starting to spread across America.  And it's moving America backwards.

...

[On racist who wants to start an all white town.]

SCHULTZ: Sixty-one-year old Craig Paul Cobb wants to set up a racist utopia. Cobb has been called one of the most extreme white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the country. So, what's the guy doing? He's buying a bunch of real estate in the area and he wants people to move in. And he plans to fill the town with other racists that basically want to take over the community. It's the conservative separatist movement in America.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org