On 'Morning Joe', Sharpton Upbraids Santorum for Saying 'Despicable and Ugly Things' About Obama

Is there anything more ridiculous than being accused of saying “despicable and ugly things” by...Al Sharpton? On Thursday’s Morning Joe, MSNBC brought in Sharpton as part of a tag-team interview with presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Isn't Sharpton a little too sharp-elbowed for the so-called civility squad at Morning Joe?

“I could argue with you about some of your ugly statements on the president and all of that, but that would probably help you in the primary if you and I got into an argument this morning,” Sharpton blustered. “Go ahead, Al. Give it to me, Al,” Santorum replied with a jovial smile.

“Well, you said some despicable and ugly things, but we‘ll do that on ’Politics Nation’ one night, don’t let me help you win the caucus,” Sharpton said. There were no specifics. But it couldn't have matched Sharpton's historic, despicable lows. (I'd bet on Santorum hitting Obama with how it's "remarkable for a black man" to support abortion.)

Like any liberal, Sharpton had to try and pin Santorum for being too anti-government to be allowed to serve in government. It's an "Only socialists need apply" principle. Santorum had spoken about a less federalized education policy. Sharpton asked, “When you get through talking, how do you do it if the federal government is not going to do it? And I might remind you, you’re running to be the head of the federal government. So how are you against something that you’re running to be in charge of? Isn’t that a little schizo?”

“Yeah, that’s the difference between you and me, Al,” Santorum said.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of differences but go ahead,” Sharpton responded.

As the pair’s brief debate wrapped up, Sharpton said, “I didn’t even tell him how I really feel about him.”

“Remember, you’re a reverend, Reverend,” fellow interviewer and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele insisted. That title has never restrained Sharpton's tongue.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
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