Unhinged Ed Schultz Rants: Arizona Bill Is a 'License to Discriminate'

The frothing rage against Arizona's religious liberty legislation continued on Wednesday's Ed Show. Ed Schultz, who on Tuesday insisted that the bill would lead to crazed, gun-toting Arizonians going on shooting rampages, followed up by sneering that this was the "most discriminatory law that I think that we have seen a state body come forward with." (More discriminatory than state slave laws?) 

Schultz railed, "The bottom line is, Senate Bill 1062 is a license to discriminate." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Given the anchor's sycophantic love for Barack Obama, it's unsurprising that he somehow related Jan Brewer's famous finger pointing at the President. Angry that the governor hasn't made a decision on the law, he fumed, "It's up to the woman who pointed the finger right in the face, arrogantly. Now we're finding out how arrogant she really is." 

Earlier in the day, Wednesday, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell suggested that the Arizona legislation [SB 1062]  could "undercut our moral posture" on human rights abuses. 

A partial transcript of the February 26 segment is below: 


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ED SCHULTZ: You know, watching this situation unfold in Arizona, it brings you to the conclusion that sometimes in America we just don't know how to differentiate between right and wrong, even when it comes to human decency. This is most discriminatory law that I think that we have seen a state body come forward with. And Jan Brewer, the governor, is having a hard time making a decision on what to do? Really? The governor of Arizona is right in the center of the hottest debate in America. It's a debate because they don't know what human decency is all about. It's up to the woman who pointed the finger right in the face, arrogantly. [Picture of Brewer and Obama appears on-screen.] Now we're finding out how arrogant she really is!

We thought she was arrogant then, but we weren't sure. We thought she might have been just passionate. No, she's arrogant. What's the hold-up, governor? You mean to tell me you don't know what discrimination is about? Well, she's not sure whether she's going to veto the Arizona Senate bill 1062. You know, today Brewer had to hold a series of private meetings with opponents and proponents of the legislation. 

Gosh, I don't see anybody stepping out saying they're really for it now. Now that the scab has been ripped off this damn thing. She faces a Saturday deadline because she doesn't have the guts to make the decision right now in this hour. Two, either she's going to sign it or she's going to give it a stamp of approval. [sic.] What infuriates me, gets my blood boiling about in is that we shouldn't even be at this point in this country. We should be beyond all of this kind of stuff. The bottom line is, Senate Bill 1062 is a license to discriminate. 

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