He’s not exactly someone most progressives think about when it comes to political commentary, but comedian D.L. Hughley is actually someone I enjoy following to hear his insight on political topics and issues facing this country. I think he’s funny as hell and often brutally honest, so that helps. I appreciate people who aren’t afraid to say things that some might be afraid to say. It’s one of the reasons why I like Bill Maher.
Take for instance comments he made during an interview with MSNBC’s AM Joy where he addressed President Obama, the prospect of a Hillary Clinton/Elizabeth Warren ticket, Donald Trump and an absolutely brilliant take on the current sad state of the Republican party.
On President Obama:
The funniest thing about Barack Obama is there are things we want him to do because he’s black and he just won’t do. Like we want him to go ‘Hey, man, that’s enough?’ And he does it better than like that dude who calls you a liar or some of the stuff. I think he’s a decent, humane, thoughtful human being and I think we will miss him when he’s gone.
I agree. I’ve said for a while now that I think once President Obama is out of the White House, many Americans are going to realize that they took him for granted during his eight years.
Next up he spoke about Hillary Clinton and the prospect of a Clinton/Warren ticket:
As qualified a human being as I have ever seen run for president.
This man would react to two competent well-intentioned principled women with glee. I don’t see anybody…. everything men have, black men in particular have, we have because of women. Everything we have. Every single thing. It’s their time in the sun. It’s a shame two women, I mean, I’m not trying to be offensive, but they seem to be braver. Who fights? Who goes back and forth on Twitter, which is such a dumb notion. But who does Trump stay away from? Elizabeth Warren.
His comments remind me of something I said on Twitter the other day regarding people being “concerned” about an all-woman ticket and how that might impact Clinton in the general election. When it’s two men, no one says a thing because that’s how it’s almost always been. Yet, the possibility of two women seems to make people worry that it could “hurt” Clinton.
Please, tell me more about how sexism isn’t still a major issue in this country.
Hughley then discussed Donald Trump:
Donald Trump is a racist. He’s a racist and anybody who – listen – Paul Ryan basically said that’s textbook racism. So what Paul Ryan actually said is ‘a racist is better than a liberal.’ If you say that, it’s because you’re not affected by racism. Everything we are, because liberals built this country, you are what you are because of liberals.
While conservatives claim to be the party for “American values,” the truth is, liberalism and progressivism are what built this country. If our Founding Fathers had kept to “traditional values,” we would have never built this country in the first place. The same goes for ending slavery; women’s suffrage; desegregation; ending bans on interracial marriage; the Civil Rights Act; and whole host of more modern issues like gay rights and same-sex marriage that are all due to the efforts of liberals fighting to make this country better. If we had stuck to “traditional values,” none of that progress would have ever happened.
But then he said something about the Republican party that was absolutely brilliant:
I was on with Joe Scarborough, and I don’t agree with everything he says, but he brags about this being the ‘party of Lincoln.’ When you’ve got to keep referencing the dude on the penny, you better update your resume. Stop it. Everything you enjoy right now, everybody they like now, they hated before. They hated Martin Luther King. Now they pretend. They hated Muhammad Ali, and they didn’t like him until he was shaking going up the stairs at the Olympics. They didn’t start loving him until he was no longer a threat.
That might be one of the best ways I’ve ever seen anyone summarize the GOP.
Republicans claim to still be the “party of Lincoln” despite the facts showing they abandoned those principles decades ago. Not only that, but to still have to reach back to the days of the Civil War to point out something good your party did makes you realize how detestable the party has been starting around the 1950’s and 60’s. He’s also right in the fact that these same southern conservatives hated people like Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali, despite the fact current members of the GOP heap praise upon both men.
It really is fairly hypocritical for Republicans to act as if they’re not a party largely driven by racism and bigotry when they had someone like Trump, a man who’s built his campaign on racism and bigotry, become one of the most dominant and popular Republican presidential candidates in decades. They can fake their “outrage” over his comments, but they’ll all gladly vote for him this November because they know that if they don’t, all of their careers will be in jeopardy. Trust me, these people damn well know that a good chunk of their voters are racists and bigots.
Watch Hughley’s interview below via MSNBC: