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Al Sharpton's Comedy Sunday

Al Sharpton's Comedy Sunday
Al Sharpton at Belasco Theatre on August 10, 2017, in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Michael Dorstewitz By Monday, 20 August 2018 01:15 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

MSNBC repeatedly mischaracterizes “Politics Nation,” hosted by Al Sharpton, as a news program. This Sunday proved it’s a comedy show.

The hilarity got a rousing start with the introduction of his guest, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, once one of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters but now one of his most strident critics.

She told Sharpton that Trump’s endeavors to lift up the African-American community have been “disingenuous,” and that his true plans are to initiate “a race war,” The Hill reported.

“We have a lot to lose right now,” Manigault Newman told Sharpton.

“I believe he wants to start a race war in this country,” she added.

After making numerous campaign appearances on Trump’s behalf, Manigault Newman was appointed communications director for the administration’s Office of Public Liaison.

“Every single time he had some type of issue with the community, I was there,” she said. “The one thing I realized once I was there was he was disingenuous to his commitment to diversity.”

Her words bear little if any relation to reality, however, as Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk observed.

“Only in America could a President achieve the lowest ever black and Hispanic unemployment, have black business startups skyrocket 400%, see wages go up for black workers, advocate for prison reform, pardon wrongfully convicted people of color, and still be called a racist,” he said.

If Trump wants to elevate racial divide to a race war, he’s going about it all wrong.

Sharpton then took his comedy routine on the road, filling in for MSNBC’s Joy Reid as a guest host for “AM Joy,” which airs one hour after “Politics Nation” signs off.

He brought up the upcoming Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Sharpton accused Republicans of steamrolling him through the process.

“The partisanship hardening to the point of — you’re talking about seating someone to the Supreme Court that you have not done a thorough review of the record,” he said. “One of the concerns have been that the Democrats don’t have the votes and they’re not even raising the fact that they’re rushing this through without a thorough looking of the record. I’m talking about the Republicans here.”

But it wasn’t GOP lawmakers who stacked the deck in Kavanaugh’s favor — it was the voters who sent them to Congress. Sharpton touched on that later into his routine.

“I think part of it is they fear if this goes after the midterm elections, they may not have the majority of the Senate to really put him in,” he continued. “Which is really saying, ‘We know we have a bad candidate, but therefore, we’ve got to go with a stacked deck in order to put this through.’ And that in itself ought to be appalling when we’re talking about a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.”

Actually, the date to beat isn’t the November 6 election day — it’s October 1, the first Monday in October, the day a new Supreme Court term begins.

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy — the high court’s swing vote — the court is evenly divided with four liberal and four conservative jurists. Little work would get done with the court deadlocked on each issue.

Sharpton brought up this issue before, and even suggested that, “No Democrat should even meet with the judicial nominee Kavanaugh because no Republican would even meet with [Judge Merrick] Garland,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Former President Barack Obama nominated Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia — but he did it during a presidential election year, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reasoned that the voters should have a say in the next Supreme Court appointment by electing a new president.

2018, of course, isn’t a presidential election year.

Sharpton closed his comedy extravaganza on his own show, during a reference to his guest Manigault “race war” Newman. When she turned on the president, Trump called her “that dog” in an August 14 tweet.

The MSNBC host used the occasion of the late singing great Aretha Franklin to make what he thought would be a clever point.

"Talking about female canines, you know what they say about payback, it's a real — well, I am sure you know the word I am thinking of," Sharpton said.

"So, in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T.”

That’s not the way she (and the rest of the English-speaking world) spelled that. Sharpton blew the most iconic line in Franklin’s most iconic song.

But there’s hope yet. With NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” getting progressively less funny with each season, maybe Sharpton and the “SNL” crew can change spots. “SNL can talk politics each Sunday at 8 a.m. Eastern, and Sharpton can give his own schtick each Saturday night at 11:30.

Then maybe the planets will realign and order in the universe will be restored.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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MSNBC repeatedly mischaracterizes “Politics Nation,” hosted by Al Sharpton, as a news program. This Sunday proved it’s a comedy show.
al sharpton, comedy, aretha, msnbc
Monday, 20 August 2018 01:15 PM
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