Joe Walsh loses radio show, defends his racist tweets as something we all do
Screen capture … GOP candidate Joe Walsh … Credit: CNN

Joe Walsh, who recently announced a long-shot GOP presidential primary candidacy, revealed Tuesday evening that he had just lost his radio show and he didn’t know why. Lucid minds wonder if it could have something to do with the fact that he admitted earlier in the day to saying and tweeting racist things, to include using the “n” word.

On the other hand, he seemed to imply that it may simply be because “80 to 90 percent of my audience supports the President … I’m running for president, I oppose this president. Most of my listeners support this President.”

The conservative Salem Radio Network, which distributed his show, has not commented.

Watch Walsh’s remarks here …

Video by CNN

The former congressman was making the rounds on various networks on Tuesday, trying to raise his visibility, and his admitted racist past was a key topic of discussion. MSNBC contributor John Heilemann took Walsh to the woodshed, saying: “The fact is, the President is a stone-cold racist and so are you. And I can sit here and read off tweets, Barack Obama is a Muslim, Barack Obama’s born in Kenya. I got tweets here with you using the n-word not that long ago, and I think for a lot of people the notion that anybody who is exhibited — you can apologize for various things, apologizing for burping at the table or using the wrong fork with your main course is different from offering some kind of a genuine recognition that not just I said things that are offensive but I’m a racist. I said racist stuff. There’s no way someone who has — to many African-Americans looks like as much of a racist as Donald Trump, has the moral standing to challenge Donald Trump.”

“I wouldn’t call myself a racist,” Walsh replied, “but I would say, John, I’ve said racist things on Twitter. There’s no doubt about it. And an apology is not enough. When I said Barack Obama was a Muslim, that was a horrible thing to say. And I said it because I was so disgusted with Obama’s policy towards Israel, that I went a bad, ugly step.

“The Sandy Hook moms, I took a cheap shot against them three years ago because they were suing gun manufacturers, an issue that I disagree with,” he continued. “So I took a bad, cheap shot against them. I’ve done that. But, John, again context — I probably sent out 40,000 tweets in the last six years. No excuse, you and I could sit down and find 200 to 300 that you’d say Walsh, what were you thinking? And all I can do is own them and explain them and apologize as sincerely as I can for those that deserve an apology.”

“You said I said the n-word in a tweet,” Walsh added. “I did. And I did to make a point— because they wanted to change the name of the Washington Redskins so they said Redskins is the new n-word. That’s BS. The Redskins doesn’t equate with the n-word. The n-word has a unique, ugly history in this country. To make that point, I wrote down the n-word in a tweet. To make the point that it’s not nearly what the word Redskins is.”

Regarding the “birther stuff,” Walsh commented: “I said Obama was a Muslim, I’ll get down on my knees, because that was a horrible thing to say. I don’t think Trump is a racist. All Trump cares about is himself. He’ll throw out racist stuff, bigoted stuff. If you help him, that’s all he cares about. I don’t know that Trump’s a racist.”

The MSNBC segment …

Video by MSNBC 

During his subsequent appearance on CNN with anchor John Berman, he expanded on the racist questions … “In the last six years, I’ve tweeted 40,000 times,” Walsh said. “There are probably a few hundred tweets that you and I could scratch our heads about. I don’t apologize about every tweet. When it’s warranted, I will.

“Those tweets you mentioned at the beginning, I’m a big free speech supporter and I abhor political correctness. So I’ll say things like, ‘you know, I should have a right to say white people are this and Christians are this.’ I’m a pretty equal-opportunity offender when it comes to free speech but to your broader point, no, everything I’ve tweeted, I own. And if there is a tweet that I need to apologize for, John, I will. I’ll own it and regret it.

“John, I think we’re all a little bit racist. We’ve all said racist things,” he continued. “I’ll bet if you and I went through everybody’s Twitter feed, we’re going to find things that are objectionable and offensive. I think we all have. I know when I look back at some of my Tweets over the years, because I was so outspoken, yeah, I’ve tweeted some racist things on purpose. … John, I didn’t say that because I meant it. Whites are privileged. I used that as an example and I’ve used that as an example with any racial group. I don’t believe that. The point I was making — in America, you should have a right to say anything.

“You are what you pretend to be, so be careful what you pretend to be,” Berman noted.

Watch that CNN segment …

Video by CNN


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