On Saturday's AM Joy, guest Richard Painter -- a University of Minnesota professor and former Bush administration offiical -- was again trashing Breitbart News and "so-called religious conservatives," as he smeared them as being linked to radical groups like the Ku Klux Klan. The frequent MSNBC guest brought up the KKK twice in about one minute of commentary, and ended up deriding Breitbart News as "Ku Klux Klan wannabes."
At 10:43 a.m. ET, during a discussion of the latest on Russia trying to influence the U.S. presidential election, Painter complained about "right-wing nuts" as he began:
The Russians have been doing this for 100 years since the 1917 Russian Revolution, and they supported far-left-wing communist parties all over the world with some success in some places. And now it's these right-wing nuts and so-called religious conservatives, and, you know, they're supporting the Ku Klux Klan elements in the United States at Breitbart News and the rest of it.
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They've always been doing this, trying to destabilize Western democracies. It's a serious threat to the United States government, and all Americans should be united in opposing this.
And I can assure that conservative voters -- voters who traditionally vote Republican are not going to tolerate elected officials and other political operatives in the Republican party who persist in this coverup and the people, for example, Steve Bannon and those types who are encouraging President Trump to fire Robert Mueller, which would be an additional act of obstruction of justice.
Painter brought up the KKK again as he concluded:
And so I think it's very important to distinguish between the extremist elements and traditional Republicans -- traditional conservatives who have no tolerance of the, you know, Ku Klux Klan wannabes over at Breitbart News or the Russian collaborators inside our government.