A hurricane coupled with a Republican convention is more than enough to elicit the latest spasms of hate emanating from the Left. Our list of oh-so-tolerant all-stars comes from the predictable precincts of Hollywood and the mainstream media. All of them seemingly embrace the Obama administration’s credo of never letting a crisis go to waste.
Former movie star Ellen Barkin apparently didn’t get the memo about toning down the violent rhetoric in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting. Last Sunday, Barkin re-tweeted a message from one of her followers that illuminated the rank hypocrisy of those who consider themselves paragons of tolerance. “C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean! #RNC,” the message read. Barkin defended herself by lashing out at Twitchy, the website that reported the tweet. “For better or worse, that was not my original tweet.A retweet.But Twitchy liked it better their way,” she wrote. Twitchy noted that a re-tweet is not necessarily an endorsement of the original message, but noted that “Barkin didn’t give any indication that she disagreed with the revolting sentiment when she retweeted it to her followers.”
Barkin is no stranger to expressing such “open-mindedness.” Back in July, she expressed her displeasure regarding the idea that some Americans aren’t thrilled with her upcoming television show, “The New Normal.” The NBC series is about a gay couple who want to use a surrogate mother to have a baby. “I love everybody,..except u right wing f**kin morons, (sic),” she tweeted at the time. Add her August take on voter ID, “bulls**t going on now will kill us all,” and her tweet to actor Jon Lovitz for criticizing the president, “John Lovitz maybe I met you a few times back in the day, but now you’re just an ignorant a**hole. Shut the f**k up,” and you have a woman oblivious to her own, foul-mouthed intolerance.
She is hardly alone. Samuel Jackson also took to Twitter to question the wisdom of God Himself, and his divine decision to spare the city of Tampa, FL, site of the Republican convention. “Unfair S**t: GOP spared by Issac ! NOLA probably F**ked Again! Not understanding God’s plan!” wrote Jackson. A deluge of responses apparently caused Jackson to issue two other tweets characterized as “an apology” by The National Post: “Daayum! Poked a Hornets nest, hunh? Apologies to God, Tampa, da GOP& Isaac(sp)! Who played the Race card?!” Jackson wrote, followed up by “Whoooo! A lotta sh**t stirred into a Bulls**t tweet! Politics & Religion get MUHFREPUBLICANS heated!” Such tweets are apparently as “apologetic” as Jackson gets.
As for Jackson’s inquiry about who played the race card, going right to the top of the list would be MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. If one embraces Matthews’ distorted worldview, every criticism aimed at Barack Obama constitutes racism. On a Monday segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Matthews lashed out at Republican National Committee Chairman (RNC) Reince Priebus. Mitt Romney’s birth certificate remark, a joke to anyone capable of rational thinking, was apparently the fuse. “That cheap shot about ‘I don’t have a problem with my birth certificate’ was awful,” Matthews said. “You are playing that little ethnic card there. You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that [race] card.”
Matthews was even more incensed when Priebus called the president’s economic policies “European.” “What? Where do you get this from? That’s insane,” Matthews responded. “You mean the fact that every president we’ve had has tried to offset the economic cycle with stimulus going the other direction is somehow European?” As the exchange grew more heated, Priebus decided arguing was pointless. Matthews’ “journalistic” response? “Because you’re losing, that’s why,” he groused.
Later that evening, Matthews defended himself. “It is obvious that this is something I care passionately about: race was abused by white politicians in my lifetime, including Reagan,” he contended. “For someone to come on the program and deny that this is part of their process, I couldn’t take that. This is something I really, deeply believe in. We grew up in a country where appeals to race have been awful, terrible. This language–we are beyond this. It had to be called out.” He further noted that “race is the San Andreas Fault in this country, and this is dividing this country along racial lines.”
Again, it takes a monumental level of obliviousness for Matthews to inject race into the discussion wherever possible, even as he complains that racial issues–courtesy of Republicans only, it would seem–are dividing the country. Thus, it was completely unsurprising that Matthews doubled-down on Tuesday, when he warned his audience to “be on the alert for the tribal messages, the war drums of racial division” at the GOP convention. “Listen for the word ‘welfare’… the charge that… someone else is getting a free ride courtesy of President Obama,” he said. “Wait for warnings that your Medicare benefits are being siphoned off to pay for Obama’s health care recipients–another case where the good middle-class family is getting shorted so that poor minorities get something for nothing.” Matthews further claimed that voters would be treated to “a relentless dog whistle” that “treats black voters with disdain and treats white people like well, well-trained canines.”