Ever since Sonia Sotomayor was nominated for the Supreme Court, MSNBC’s Pat Buchanan has been bashing her as an unqualified Affirmative Action baby. His comments reached their zenith on The Rachel Maddow Show where he claimed that the US was built by white people and have continued today. Here are some videos of Buchanan’s recent race based attacks on Sotomayor.
Here is Pat Buchanan on Hardball claiming that Hispanics don’t deserve Affirmative Action because they were never enslaved:
Here is Buchanan stating that Sotomayor is a militant liberal Latina:
Here is Buchanan declaring that Sotomayor’s nomination is Affirmative Action:
Here is the showdown on Thursday night between Pat Buchanan and Rachel Maddow:
Pat Buchanan has a long history of racist comments. For decades, he has complained that minorities get all of the breaks. In 1990 he wrote, “The Negroes of the ’50s became the blacks of the ’60’s; now, the “African-Americans” of the 90’s demand racial quotas and set-asides, as the Democrats eagerly assent and a pandering GOP prepares to go along. Who speaks for the Euro-Americans, who founded the U.S.A.? … Is it not time to take America back?”
In 1991 Buchanan accused former grand wizard of the KKK David Duke of stealing his ideas, “David Duke is busy stealing from me. I have a mind to go down there and sue that dude for intellectual property theft.” In the past Buchanan also defended the ban on interracial dating at Bob Jones University, and golf clubs that ban minorities from joining.
I think that if people choose not to support Sotomayor because of her judicial philosophy, that’s fine, but if you watch the video’s above, doesn’t Buchanan’s problem with her appear to be that she is not white? Buchanan seems less concerned about her judicial philosophy, than he is worried about her skin color.
His racist attacks are good for stirring the pot at MSNBC, but they are bad for the GOP. However judging from the comments made by some of the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Sotomayor hearing, it would seem that many Republicans share his views. Buchanan may be a racist straight out of the bad old days in American history, but the problem is many Republicans are happy to share his views.