When Rep. James Moran, D-Va., told an Arab-language television network that reaction to President Barack Obama’s race was key to the GOP’s overwhelming 2010 election victory, he actually was
playing to his very ethnically mixed and liberal home constituency, Geraldo Rivera said on Friday’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Bill O’Reilly countered the remarks were nonetheless extremely “disparaging,” because he was talking to an Arab audience, and though there remains a racial component in the way people vote, Moran’s comments made no sense, because “70 percent of the American public supported President Obama on his inauguration day.”
Speaking on the U.S.-funded Alhurra network, Moran said the GOP trouncing happened in reaction to Obama, “because a lot of people in this country don't want to be governed by an African-American, particularly one who is inclusive, who is liberal, wants to spend money on everyone, and wants to reach out and include everyone in our society.”
Rivera noted that Moran has been repeatedly elected in a predominantly liberal and very ethnically mixed congressional district.
“Let me just say that Moran was to an extent speaking to his district It's a Washington, D.C. suburb. 40 percent of it is Muslim, Hispanic or black. Half of the others are yuppie liberals,” Rivera said. “He has never lost. He has won seven or eight times in a row by more than 60 percent. So he is talking to the hometown audience.
“I think he could have characterized it far more gracefully,” Rivera added, but “I think that when you get to the bar, and you get to the third beer, and you listen to people giving their impression of American politics, they will all sound like Congressman Moran.”
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