During a Fox Business Network debate over the Postal Service's relevance last night, former New York Sen. Al D'Amato snapped at GOP strategist Jack Burkman, calling him a "nasty racist" for spreading "racist bullshit" about Postal Service workers. Completely hilarious.
The fun starts around 4:45, as Burkman is explaining, for the second time, that the Postal Service just employs unskilled "Nigerians" who'd be better off working as cab drivers. Ha ha ha! Oh, Fox Business Network humor. Cue Al D'Amato:
Former U.S. Senator Al D'Amato (R-NY) rebuked Burkman by stating, "You are a nasty racist. ... That's a bunch of bullshit. And you should be ashamed of yourself and have your mouth washed out. What the hell are you talking about?"
After Burkman tried to interrupt D'Amato to defend his remarks, the former senator said, "Shut up, I've listened to your racist bullshit."
And they'd already agreed that the Postal Service should be privatized! It was just the Racist Bullshit that got in the way.
First, kudos to Al D'Amato for calling out bullshit as BULLSHIT. Second, I think this highlights the ever tolerated level of blatant racism creeping its way into almost every corner of conservative discourse. The fact that Jack Burkman made such statements and didn't think twice about it, even seeming to start to defend it before D'Amato cut him off is really unsettling and speaks to the pervasive level of racist bullshit that is now apparently accepted in certain circles.