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8 Despicable Right-Wing Statements From This Last Week Alone

The extreme right produced a host of offensive, racist and wildly inaccurate statements this week.

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1. Penn. Gov. Corbett: Gays are like children. Neither should be able to marry.

When he isn’t busy defunding public schools, Pennsylvania’s oh-so-enlightened Republican governor Tom Corbett is fighting hard to keep same-sex couples from marrying in his state. To that end, he’s going after a low-level county clerk who had the audacity to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, because he believes it is the right thing to do. In the lawsuit against the idealistic clerk, the state’s lawyers made the following ridiculously off-base and offensive argument: Gays can’t marry in Pennsylvania any more than children can. Exact wording:

"Had the clerk issued marriage licenses to 12-year-olds in violation of state law, would anyone seriously contend that each 12-year-old ... is entitled to a hearing on the validity of his `license'?" the state wrote in its brief.

By the end of the week, Corbett seemed to recognize that comparing consenting adults to children was offensive and probably the wrong analogy to use. He courageously backed away from the statement, blamed his attorneys for the wording, and shirked all responsibility for it.

But he’ll be damned if gay Pennsylvanians marry under his watch.

2. Joe Walsh gives absurdly racist "I have a dream” speech.

There was so much shame frothing around Republican and right-wing circles for their despicable behavior this week during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the historic March on Washington, it is difficult to know where to start.

While not one Republican representative participated in the festivities, having more important things to attend to like meetings with lobbyists and continuing their pointless efforts to defund Obamacare, former Rep. Joe Walsh, mercifully a one-termer from Illinois, let his racism flag fly full mast with his idiotic rewrite of MLK’s great speech. In Walsh’s view, African Americans suffer from “dependency on the government plantation.” In Walsh’s dreams, African Americans are to blame for all of their own problems, and the extreme right-wing agenda is the only solution.

Apparently, Walsh missed the part about people being judged on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, and his rewrite comprised a list of vile racial stereotypes lacking all nuance.

 We have a dream, too. That politicians like Joe Walsh will, well, just cease.

3. Laura Ingraham makes bizarre and vicious decision to feature sound of a gunshot during John Lewis’ speech.

Possibly outdoing Walsh in offensive behavior during the civil rights celebration was right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham. Ingraham, a dangerously articulate ignorant woman, made the argument that the people commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington were trying “to co-opt the legacy of Martin Luther King into a modern-day liberal agenda.”

Instead, Ingraham is coopting King into some sort of conservative hero, who heralded our so-called color-blind, totally debunked “post-racial” society. Words, yes. Wrong-headed distorted words. But everyone has a right to their opinion.

Then in the middle of the speech made by Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights hero who marched in Selma and was injured there and who was the youngest person to speak at the march 50 years ago, came the sound of a gunshot on Ingraham’s radiocast. Lewis is in mid-speech, talking about the unfinished business of civil rights in America.

“We must say to the Congress: fix the Voting Rights Act. We must say to the Congress: Pass comprehensive immigration reform. It doesn’t make sense that millions of our people. …”