Civil rights attorney and talk radio host Leo Terrell got into quite a heated exchange with Sean Hannity Monday evening.
During a segment about the double standard by which African-American conservatives and liberals are treated by the media, Terrell called Dr. Ben Carson Hannity's "puppet" telling his host, "You created a monster" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
After an introduction that included a statement by Dr. Carson, Hannity said, “There’s no freedom of speech for African-American conservatives in America.”
“No, that’s not true,” Terrell said. “Sean Hannity, you created a monster. Ben Carson, you’re a doctor. You’re not a politician.”
“This guy is a monster because you created him,” Terrell continued. “You created him. Ever since that Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Carson put his size twelve foot in his mouth because ever since that Prayer Breakfast, you have had him on.”
After Hannity pushed back, Terrell said, “This guy has equated homosexuality to bestiality. He has made a huge mistake.”
“You know what Sean,” he continued, “you have elevated this guy to fifteen minutes of fame, and he has ruined his name.”
After Hannity’s other guest, Niger Innis of TeaParty.net, put his two cents in, Terrell went on another tirade saying, “This guy is a puppet of Sean Hannity. Sean Hannity created this guy.”
This led Innis to say, “Leo, you should be ashamed of yourself.”
“I know what I’m talking about,” Terrell shouted as he took his sneaker off to show to the camera. “He put his foot in his mouth. He put his foot in his mouth.”
Then things really got heated when Terrell said, “You created Dr. Carson ever since February 15. All of a sudden he knows everything about politics. You created a monster. You created a guy who has fifteen minutes of fame. He’s out of time now. He has no more fame.”
Hannity said, “You’re friends with O.J. Simpson but you’re calling Dr. Carson a monster.”
With that, Terrell removed his earpiece and waved to the camera that he could no longer hear the discussion.
“Leo is a little bit of an intelligent tyrant,” observed Innis, “and arbiter of who should be on TV, who should not be on TV.”
Well, that’s one way of putting it.