Melissa Harris-Perry's suggestion that race may play a role in the Ebola crisis is "really crazy," says Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard.
During a panel discussion on her MSNBC show on Saturday, Harris-Perry mentioned that the only person to die from Ebola on U.S. soil thus far is a black man from west Africa.
She added that two nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan and subsequently came down with the virus themselves are "women of color" — all of which may have an impact on the way Americans look at the crisis.
Panelist Joy Reid then mentioned the so-called "urban myth" that Duncan purposely used his infected African body as a weapon of mass destruction.
"That's really crazy . . . Those commentators are a little nuts," Kristol said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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Kristol called the nation's botched response to the crisis a combination of "liberalism at its worst" and "political correctness."
"Conservatives need to make that critique, they need to not just say, gee, Obama's a bad administrator, he's playing too much golf, but this is what happens when everyone has liberal policies and big-government bureaucracies and political correctness all coming together, and it's not good for the country," Kristol said.
He also criticized the president's appointment of Ron Klain, a former chief of staff for Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, to the post of Ebola czar.
"You get so much more out of it if you appoint a retired general or some moderate Republican governor who's retired or someone with probably medical, former dean of a medical school," he said.
"He appoints a Democratic political operative . . . He wants someone who will get him political cover for the next two weeks until the election.
"He doesn't want someone who's going to come in and tell the truth when he's interviewed on TV. He wants someone who's going to do everything he can to prevent any political damage."
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