Even though I’m a born and bred Texan who’s lived in the Lone Star State my entire life, I’m still baffled by the “logic” of most conservatives. In many ways, they really do seem to live in a whole other world not bound by any known rules the vast majority of rational human beings follow.
A great example of what I mean occurred on Wednesday when former congressman and Donald Trump supporter Jack Kingston tried defending Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly’s sexist and racist comment about Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) hair.
In case you missed it, during an appearance Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends, O’Reilly said, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.”
That comment is all but indefensible.
Nevertheless, that didn’t stop Kingston from attempting to defend it by calling liberals hypocrites for attacking O’Reilly because — wait for it — the left mocks Trump for being “orange.”
“What I don’t like is the left always runs and clutches, ‘Oh, I’m a woman, don’t say anything bad about me’ or ‘I belong to a certain race,’” Kingston said. “It seems it is always that card that is played. It is okay to call the President of the United States ‘orange’ and ‘red head,’ and all kinds of derogatory things, and make fun of his wife right and left.”
First, not that I’m saying it’s never happened, but I’ve never heard anyone make fun of Trump for being a “red head.” So I’m not even going to touch that.
Are there some people on the left who’ve said negative things about Melania? Sure. I’m not here to say that there aren’t lowlifes on the left who act just as bad as the scumbags on the right. However, let’s not act as if the right didn’t spend eight years slinging some rather disgusting insults at Michelle Obama — many racially charged.
But Kingston’s stance that O’Reilly’s sexist and racist comments about Waters are no different than people making fun of Trump’s horrible fake tan easily ranks as one of the dumbest things I’ve heard in a while.
There are a litany of reasons why a 78-year-old African American woman might wear a wig. It could simply be a personal preference or something tied to a medical condition. The bottom line is, it’s really none of my business — but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize and understand that there are obvious racist tones to what O’Reilly said about Waters.
Sure, we make fun of Trump’s hair, but it’s his choice to comb his hair in an absolutely ridiculous way. Just like it’s his choice to get these fake tans that make him look like he rolled around in a giant mound of Tang.
There’s a massive difference between mocking Trump’s comical choices of hairstyle and fake tan and the blatant sexism and racism displayed by O’Reilly.
This is a prime example of the flawed “logic” I see from so many conservatives when it comes to defending the racism, sexism, and other awful aspects of right-wing ideologies.
When I heard Kingston’s comment, I couldn’t help but be reminded of something Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) said nearly four years ago when he accused Barack Obama of being a “racist” because of the 10 percent tax on tanning beds included in Obamacare.
No, I’m not joking, this is how Yoho supported his stance that this tax is racist:
I had an Indian doctor in our office the other day, very dark skin, with two non-dark skin people, and I asked this to him, I said, ‘Have you ever been to a tanning booth?’ and he goes, ‘No, no need.’ So therefore it’s a racist tax and I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.
That’s a real comment made by a current Republican congressman.
So it really isn’t all that surprising to see Kingston taking the outlandish stance that making fun of Trump’s fake tan is the same thing as O’Reilly’s blatantly sexist and racist comment about Rep. Waters’ hair.
It’s just amazing to me how many examples of blatant racism, sexism, and bigotry we see from the Republican Party and the conservative media while they still continue to deny that the GOP is driven and fueled by many of the worst parts of our society.
Watch Kingston’s comments below via CNN: