On Sean Hannity’s Wednesday night television program, conservative commentator Michelle Malkin took up the Fox News host’s side in his weeks-long feud with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton.
Malkin, the author of “Culture of Corruption,” expressed her disappointment in Hannity’s participation in Sharpton’s 2011 National Action Network convention. But she had Hannity’s back in the dispute, and reminded his viewers of Sharpton’s over-the-top remarks in the late 1980s involving Tawana Brawley and her false accusations of rape by six white men.
“Al Sharpton has blood on his hands,” Malkin said. “He’s ruined lives. He’s been one of the worst purveyors of racial divisiveness and hate in my lifetime…How can you expect an ounce of honor from a man who doesn’t have it? Certainly he’s not going to go out of his way to try and defend yours or to be a stand-up guy. I love you like a brother, Sean, and I was very dismayed when you made that decision, and I know you made it out of good faith, to attend the National Action Network.”
“But this guy is a shakedown artist who hates cops, who hates whites, who hates Jews, who has stoked his rent-a-mob to murder Yankel Rosenbaum, to destroy the life of Steven Pagones when he lied about Tawanna Brawley and who has done nothing, but foment the very kind of anger that he’s now accusing you, a wasn’t, quote, unquote, ‘friend of,’” she continued. “I think the lesson here is something that I have tried tirelessly to remind all conservatives: If you get in the snake pit, you will be bit. And conservatives have been far too nice to these people in a good faith effort to try and have honest race relations. You can’t with somebody who’s a demagogue and who is evil.”
“In an era where we’re supposed to take Martin Luther King’s words to heart about judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, all this man has gone is enrich himself by fomenting more racial division. And it should be known that in addition to that long string in history of racial hate and demagoguery that the National Action Network itself is nothing more than a shakedown vehicle to buy legitimacy,” Malkin said later.
“You have the fact that everyone from President George Bush to Newt Gingrich to Al Gore to every Democratic presidential candidate in the 2008 election and preceding it has kissed the ring of this race charlatan and now he has reinvented himself,” she added. “He thinks he loses weight, put pancake makeup on and all of a sudden he’s respectable? You do that, Sean, and you remind people every day of where this man came from and warn people not to make the mistake of an enabler of Al Sharpton, but be a disabler of his demagoguery. I’ve tried do it as much as often over the last 20 years and I know you have, too, Sean.”