Martin Bashir said Wednesday on his MSNBC show that Republicans are slaking their thirst for racist venom by using the IRS scandal to veil their racist tendencies.
“Republicans are using it as their latest weapon in the war against the black man in the White House,” said Bashir, and “’IRS’ is the new ‘N-word.’”
Bashir then cued up a video of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and a litany of other Republicans condemning the IRS scandal and its apparent link to the 2012 re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.
He also compared apples with bananas, linking present-day outrage over the IRS scandal to the gradual sterilizing of racist political language made famous by former George H.W. Bush strategist Lee Atwater. Atwater once explained that, as overt racism became taboo in the Civil Rights era, politicians could switch their obvious racist talking points to more abstract identifiers like “forced busing” or “states’ rights.”
Bashir said the same is true of Republicans today, who evidently are only feigning outrage at the IRS so that they can attack the black man in the Oval Office.
“The IRS: three letters that sound so innocent – but we know what you mean,” Bashir surmised.