7 Vilest Right Wingers This Week: "Waterboarding is How We Baptise Terrorists" Edition
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1. Donald Trump has a little advice for Donald Sterling: Don’t go girlfriend hunting in hell.
There’s competition for the title “The Donald,” with all the idiocy, egotism, racism and bad comb-overs the name implies.
But rich, white jerks named Donald have to stick together. For one thing, they can protect each other from predatory girlfriends who blab their dirty little secrets to the world. That was pretty much Donald Trump’s take on Donald Sterling’s troubles this week. Sterling’s problem is not his documented history of racism, housing discrimination, deep-seated misogyny, and views of the world that are almost as incoherent as they are repugnant. Donald Sterling’s problem is that he has the "girlfriend from hell.”
You won’t catch Trump's trophies blabbing like that. Wife Melania thinks he’s right about everything. Marla Maples was gagged in the divorce, though when they were courting he did allow her to brag about his prowess in the sack.
Of course, now V. Stiviano says she wasn't Sterling’s girlfriend. She has alternately described herself as his archivist, his personal assistant and his “silly rabbit,” all jobs which came with a multi-million-dollar apartment and several luxury cars. The route which her infamous taped discussion with Sterling took to TMZ is mysterious. Why, she’s even saying the now banned-for-life Clippers owner is not really a racist, despite telling her not to bring black people to his games or be photographed with them. "I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe these things… segregation, whites and blacks," she told Barbara Walters Friday night.
How sweet. See Donald, she’s not so hellish after all.
2. Sarah Palin: Baptize terrorists by waterboarding!
Sarah Palin is such a fun gal, with her bubbly personality, invented words like refudiate and her tenuous grasp of American history. (Remember children, Paul Revere warned the British.) She’s also an enthusiastic gunnie—she likes hunting moose and liberals—and a good Christian soldier, who thinks life begins at conception and ends whenever the hell she says it does. But Palin managed to offend some of her Christian allies last weekend speaking at the NRA convention, when she reminded everyone why we are so very lucky that she never got within a heartbeat of the presidency.
Comparing how liberals view terrorists and how she views them, Palin told the appreciative crowd, “Oh, you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
Oh ha ha ha, went the crowd. Who would have thought it, gun enthusiasts also being torture enthusiasts?
A number of Christian leaders were slightly less enamored. Their problem was not so much the waterboarding thing, that’s fine. But invoking the sacrament of baptism? On terrorists!! Presumably Islamic ones! That is just wrong. Rod Dreher, writing for the American Conservative lamented : “Palin and all those who cheered her sacrilegious jibe ought to be ashamed of themselves. For us Christians, baptism is the entry into new life.” Waterboarding rarely is viewed that way.
No shame appears to be forthcoming from the Palin camp.
3. Odious Sean Hannity having abandoned Bundy, defends vigilante killer instead.
You might have thought Sean Hannity would be interested in rehabilitating his image somewhat after he elevated rancher Cliven Bundy to hero-outlaw status only to be embarrassed and appalled when Bundy suggested blacks were better off as slaves.
But no, Hannity found another vile cause to celebrate this week, and if he was trying to outdo his previous odiousness, we just might have to hand the victory to him.