On Saturday, Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers gave a live reading of an essay about a Feb. 5 dinner party he hosted with his wife and fellow traveler Bernardine Dohrn. The performance event, a weekly “comedy variety show” hosted at the Horseshoe Place in Chicago, featured Ayers’ jabs at the late Andrew Breitbart and the still-with-us Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson.
On Monday the producers of the upcoming motion picture “Hating Breitbart” – a film that will feature more than two years of Breitbart sightings leading up to his March 1 death — released a short snippet from the Ayers speech. Another teaser is due Tuesday morning.
But video of the full 15-minute speech, provided exclusively to The Daily Caller, provides a more complete look at the former domestic terror group leader’s presentation. An 8-1/2 minute excerpt is above.
With a $2,500 bid in December, Carlson won a dinner for six, served by Ayers and Dohrn, to benefit the Illinois Humanities Council. Ayers’ speech Saturday represented his version of the events leading up to the dinner — and his description of the meal itself. (RELATED: TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein recalls dinner with Ayers and Dohrn)
“It’s just a couple of distasteful hours at most,” Ayers recalled saying when Carlson was revealed as the auction’s winner, “and bingo — cash the check. Who cares?”
Speaking of the Chicago liberal cognoscenti in his inner circle, however, Ayers recalled that “not everyone was delighted with the impending show. A few of my friends called Carlson and company ‘vipers,’ and argued that we should never talk to people like that. I disagreed. Some others began distancing themselves from us as fast as they could, and this turned kind of weird.”
But Ayers’ most aggressive digs on Saturday were reserved for Breitbart — less than ten days after his death.
“Andrew Breitbert, self-described media mogul, had several screws loose or missing,” Ayers told his audience, “and was the grinning bomb-thrower of the radical right. He was the attack dog, kept on a tight leash and brought out on special occasions, to hiss and to menace.”
At one point during the Feb. 5 dinner, Ayers said, his wife Bernardine “was arguing that the U.S. should close all foreign military bases immediately. Beginning to dismantle the Pentagon would save $1 trillion a year — a small government proposal if ever there was one.”
“But the boys weren’t buying it. They were shouting for ‘Violence here! Violence there! Violence normalized and routine and taken for granted everywhere!’”
“Andrew Breitbart argued heatedly for U.S. military intervention in Iran, North Korea, Syria and even China — on humanitarian grounds, of course — while Bernardine, that notorious poster child for violence, steadfastly urged peace,” Ayers claimed.
In her more heady Weather Underground days, Dohrn addressed a 1969 activist “War Council” in Flint, Michigan. Referring to the then-recent murder of Sharon Tate, eight months pregnant, by the Manson Family, she said:
“Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in pig Tate’s belly. Wild! Offing those rich pigs with their own forks and knives, and then eating a meal in the same room, far out! The Weathermen dig Charles Manson!”