In an angry exchange on his CNN show Tuesday night, Lou Dobbs lambasted an ACORN activist who repeatedly claimed that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio had suggested he’d be proud to be a member of the Klu Klux Klan.
What Arpaio actually said was that whenever he tried to enforce U.S. immigration laws, activists on the left accused him of being a racist, like a member of the Klu Klux Klan. He then went on to say he didn’t let the insults bother him.
The exchange Wednesday came during a discussion of a federal civil rights investigation of Arapaio that was triggered by complaints from four members of Congress, none of whom are from Arizona. Defending the investigation was the Rev. Al Sharpton and Bertha Lewis, the CEO of ACORN.
“It's not good, and Lou, on your show, right here, this man said, "Oh, I don't mind if people call me KKK.,’” Lewis said. “That's offensive. He should have resigned right then and there. We don't need a public servant saying that he's proud to be part of the Ku Klux Klan. Come on. He's racially profiling."
That’s when things got hot.
DOBBS: That's not it. Bertha, you know better than what you're saying and you should say you're sorry to God, okay.
LEWIS: No. You can play the film, he did it right here on your show.
DOBBS: By the way I remember what he said and he was responding to accusations that he was KKK.
LEWIS: And he said I was proud to be called that. Yes.
SHARPTON: Whether he said it or not...
DOBBS: Are you sorry you said that.
DOBBS: You really should be. I really am embarrassed for you because that is a gross distortion of what the man said and what he meant. And you know it.
Dobbs then went on to point out that Lewis’ own group, ACORN, was under investigation in various states for fraud related to vote registration activities during the presidential campaign.
DOBBS: Have you met the man?
LEWIS: I've met him by his work. Our members in Arizona have been arrested time and time again; African-Americans who have been here for a long time.
DOBBS: What do you suppose would be said about ACORN, you're being investigated in 13 states, for crying out loud.
LEWIS: Oh, I'm glad you brought that up. That's not true. Check the facts. It's not true. You can get on the phone right now, call the Department of Justice.
DOBBS: I didn't say anything about the Justice Department.
LEWIS: ACORN is not being investigated anywhere in any state. You don't have your facts correct. If you're talking about people being prosecuted individuals, we are assisting in their prosecution so ACORN is not under investigation and has not been.
We asked the Justice Department in October, they confirmed it again and again, and you know what? Give them a call.
DOBBS: We will. We'll do it. And I certainly will and I assure you it will be early tomorrow morning. How's that?
LEWIS: That's good.
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