Desperate to take the focus off the fact that short-lived conservative hero Cliven Bundy turned out to be a complete racist, conservatives were quick to try to link Donald Sterling and his racist comments to Democrats.
Rush Limbaugh actually took it a step further by saying that liberals went after Sterling because he didn’t give President Obama enough money. Limbaugh said, “This is not news to anybody who has known this guy. This guy’s a big Democrat. The only reason he’s in trouble is he did not give enough money to Obama.”
Well, he’s right on one account. Donald Sterling does have a racist past and it was fairly well known to a lot of people. But what he got completely wrong is that Donald Sterling isn’t a Democrat, he’s a registered Republican. Granted he’s given money to Democratic candidates, but according to California’s database’s records he’s been a registered Republican since at least 2002.
Though I think it’s a far stretch for anyone to try to make Sterling’s comments into some kind of Democrat vs. Republican racial argument. But that’s exactly what several members of the conservative media tried to do. Well, until the truth came out that he was actually a registered Republican. Then suddenly you saw these reports quickly fade from these conservative media outlets. In fact, Matt Drudge deleted his tweet that insisted Sterling was a Democrat – with no explanation or retraction given.
I think it’s absolutely pathetic that not only would the conservative media try to link Sterling to the Democratic party based on gross misinformation and lies, but Rush Limbaugh would try to take it a step further by claiming that this is some kind of liberal media witch hunt all because Sterling didn’t donate enough money to President Obama.
The outrage over Sterling’s comments isn’t derived from any “liberal” push to go after the man. The outrage stems from people who are disgusted by what he said. Racism is bad enough. But when you’re an owner of an NBA franchise – with the NBA being predominantly African American – it amplifies the ignorance even more.
But the fact that Rush Limbaugh and other conservative members of the media made fools of themselves trying to turn this into a, “See, Democrats are racist!” argument only shows how desperate they are to try to take the attention off of them and their recent “break up” with their right-wing “hero” Cliven Bundy.