Much like his MSNBC colleague Mika Brzezinski, Martin Bashir was not pleased with Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suggesting that Occupy Wall Street protesters should get a job right after they take a bath.
With bile almost dripping from his lips, Bashir raged Monday, "If anyone's dirty, it's Newt Gingrich, a man whose personal morality has been drawn from the sewer" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
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NEWT GINGRICH: That is a pretty good symptom of how much the Left has collapsed as a moral system in this country, and why you need to reassert something as simple as saying to them, “Go get a job right after you take a bath.”
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MARTIN BASHIR: Charming. Newt Gingrich offers a very personal insult to the protesters, suggesting that they're dirty and need a good wash. But if anyone's dirty, it's Newt Gingrich, a man whose personal morality has been drawn from the sewer. A man who pontificates about his Catholic faith and morality, but repeatedly commits adultery. A man who spreads poison through the political process and is eventually forced to resign from Congress. A man who accuses other politicians of being in cahoots with Freddie Mac, knowing full well that he himself received millions of dollars from the same organization. And Mr. Gingrich has the audacity to suggest that the Occupy protesters need a bath? The only response to that is to acknowledge that it is much easier to wash the body than it is to cleanse the soul of a man so deeply hypocritical as Newt Gingrich.
Wouldn't it have been nice if MSNBC hosts and commentators showed one one-thousandth the respect to Tea Party members who didn't break any laws, didn't do any drugs or defecate in public, did have jobs, did pay taxes as well as for the parks they briefly occupied, and did bathe regularly?