Who didn't see this one coming? Sean Hannity has been one of the worst race baiters of the bunch on Fox "news" ever since it became apparent that then Sen. Barack Obama was going to win the Democratic nomination, and he hasn't stopped yet. This Tuesday evening, he of course defended the rodeo clown, who found himself banned after this stunt at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
Hannity used one of his favorite tactics, which is to bring someone on the air who is probably not used to appearing on television, and browbeat them if they don't answer his questions in a satisfactory manner. The willing participant to put up with his abuse this time around was Democratic Missouri State Representative Steve Webb.
The second favorite tactic he used here is to bring on a black "conservative" to play the spoiler and defend what to anyone with two eyes and half a brain recognizes as really offensive racist behavior. I suspect West went off script just a bit here though, because even he admitted that maybe it was a little over the top to have the crowd cheering wildly for having a chance to watch "President Obama" being run over by a bull.
Hannity's logic for why no one should be upset by the incident is that people said bad things about George W. Bush, some anonymous people posted some nasty pictures online of Bush, and there were Bush masks made back in the day -- as though anything that went on when Bush was president and when liberals were upset with him for lying us into war and torture justifies or makes what happened this week all right. As the Democratic rep he had on did manage to point out, two wrongs don't make a right.
For Hannity to try to deny there were any racial overtones to the incident this week is just ridiculous. I live in Missouri and sadly, I've seen more overt racism since President Obama was elected that it just turns my stomach, and it's not confined to the rural areas. This type of incident shouldn't be used to paint everyone in the state with a broad brush, but it's damned embarrassing to see this go on and have it associated with the state.
It's shameful. And Hannity should be ashamed of himself for defending it.