Sharpton Hits RNC on Rosa Parks Tweet, Milbank: ‘Racism’ ‘Bubbling’ from Tea Party

Sharpton Hits RNC on Rosa Parks Tweet, Milbank: 'Racism' 'Bubbling' from Tea Party

December 04, 2013

On Monday’s PoliticsNation on MSNBC, host Al Sharpton and the Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank mocked the Republican National Committee for the wording of a tweet that the group sent out marking the anniversary of Civil Rights Movement icon Rosa Parks defying racist Jim Crow laws: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.”

Sharpton picked up on liberal entities interpreting the tweet to be suggesting that racism has already ended, and, without even noting that the RNC sent out a second tweet a few hours later to placate critics by changing the wording, Sharpton pounced as he teased the segment: “Plus this weekend, the RNC declared that racism is over. Racism is no more. Yes. Doesn’t make sense to me, either.”

A bit later, he plugged again: “Plus the RNC sends out a tweet declaring that racism is over. And they wonder why the GOP has problems with the minority outreach?”

The MSNBC host then began the segment by showing a pre-recorded clip of himself in black and white pretending to announced that racism is over. He then added: “Sorry to break it to everyone, racism didn’t actually end. But someone should tell the Republican Party.”

After quoting the RNC’s first tweet, he continued:

Now, I doubt that the GOP was trying to be offensive, but the tweet received so much attention because of the recent unfortunate history between some on the right and race. This year alone, a Tea Partier waved a Confederate flag at the gates of the White House. The GOP has a Senate candidate who addressed a neo-confederate group. And to this day, sitting members of Congress are still accusing the President of being born in Kenya.

A bit later, after Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge and Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank were brought aboard as guests, Milbank added to the mockery of the GOP:

It is a bit ham-handed the way they go about doing this. You can sort of see what they might have been trying to do here. And one hopes that tomorrow they might send out a tweet ending poverty and the next day, they might send out a tweet ending all warfare. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. And I think what’s happening here is, people are not inclined to give this Republican Party the benefit of the doubt because of the record of statements and because of the record of policies. The most prominent of which right now is immigration which is being bottled up entirely because of the Republican leadership.

He then added:

Look, you’ve got a Republican leadership in Washington, and then you’ve got the Tea Party, but, and that’s certainly where the latter is certainly where the racism is bubbling up right now. But you’ve got a Republican majority in power in the House that is refusing still to take on this Tea Party because they’re frightened of that. So the best you come up with now is these sort of ham-handed efforts to say, “See, we, too, care about inclusion and equality.”