Martin Bashir Monday falsely accused former Alaska governor Sarah Palin of calling President Obama a sugar daddy.
Not only did the MSNBC host badly misinterpret Palin's words, he clearly doesn't understand what a sugar daddy is (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MARTIN BASHIR, HOST: Another GOP favorite in the headlines this week, Sarah Palin, she’s been interviewed in Newsweek magazine, or there’s a big feature about her. She thinks that she can win the election. She’s also got a new pasting, posting on her Facebook where she refers to the President as a sugar daddy.
GOLDIE TAYLOR, THE GRIO: She does, indeed. You know, I’ve got to wonder about Sarah Palin. I, I wonder about…
BASHIR: Do you understand a sugar daddy to be a pimp?
TAYLOR: That’s exactly what a sugar daddy is.
Actually, I've always considered a sugar daddy to be more of a John than a pimp.
A pimp is a prostitute's business manager so to speak oftentimes helping her find clients and taking a slice of the pie.
By contrast, a sugar daddy is typically a well-off man that sets up a woman in an apartment and buys her things in return for sexual service and companionship. This is certainly how the Urban Dictionary sees it as well as Wikipedia.
But that was just the beginning of Bashir's stupidity, for in "The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar; Now We Need New Leaders," Palin wasn't referring to Obama at all:
Barack Obama’s big government policies continue to fail. He should put a link to the national debt clock on his BlackBerry. The gears on that clock have nearly exploded during his administration. Yesterday’s terrible job numbers should not be a surprise because it all goes back to our debt. Our dangerously unsustainable debt is wiping out our jobs, crippling our economic growth, and jeopardizing our position in the global economy as the leader of the free world. [...]
The same “experts” who got us into this mess are now telling us that the only way out of our debt crisis is to “increase revenue,” but not by creating more jobs and therefore a larger tax base; no, they want to “increase revenue” by raising taxes on job creators who are taxed enough already! As Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” That’s where we are now. Hard working taxpayers have been big government’s Sugar Daddy for far too long, and now we’re out of sugar. We don’t want big government, we can’t afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it.
That deserves repeating: "Hard working taxpayers have been big government’s Sugar Daddy for far too long, and now we’re out of sugar. We don’t want big government, we can’t afford it, and we are unwilling to pay for it."
As such, Palin was calling "hard working taxpayers" that have been footing the bill for others the sugar daddy - NOT Obama.
It appears the British native not only has difficulty with American slang, he's also got quite a problem with reading comprehension.
You can see why he fits in so well at MSNBC.
(H/T Tommy Christopher)