Six weeks into his new job as an MSNBC host, Al Sharpton has made it crystal clear he despises members of the GOP.
So far he has begun one third of his shows hatefully saying, "Hey, Republicans" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
- October 5: "Hey, Republicans, the people want fairness. Can't you hear them?"
- October 3: "Hey, Republicans, looks like you've been stood up."
- September 30: "Hey, Republicans, you sure you want to go after this president's leadership?"
- September 29: "Hey, Republicans, the people are speaking. Isn't it about time you started listening?"
- September 28: "Hey, Republicans, you wanted a fight? Now you've got the warrior-in-chief."
- September 27: "Hey, Republicans, your supposed savior is just a bully."
- September 26: "Hey, Republicans, it's game on. Are you ready for this?"
- September 23: "Hey, Republicans, this time what happens on the road is not staying on the road."
- September 21: "Hey, Republicans, is no all you know?
That's nine out of his first 27 shows that Sharpton actually began with some hostile statement or question beginning with "Hey, Republicans."
Is this really acceptable at a television station that calls itself a "news network?"
For the record, according to LexisNexis, there have been no similar incidents at Fox News when either Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, or former host Glenn Beck began a program with "Hey, Democrats."
Not one in all these years.
Irrespective of his political leaning, I can't imagine Roger Ailes tolerating that at the network he runs.
What's Phil Griffin's excuse?