"Ready for dinner"
If you were hoping, after he was defeated by Tammy Duckworth in 2012, to never hear from former Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh again, we’ve got some bad news: He’s once again making national headlines for his behavior. But there’s some good news, too: This latest bout of poor judgment may well be enough to push Walsh off the public stage once and for all.
According to Walsh himself (via Twitter), the right-wing bomb-thrower was kicked off his own radio show on Thursday after saying a bunch of racial slurs on-air. Why would Walsh do something so obviously unacceptable? In defense of the (patently indefensible) Washington Redskins’ team name, of course!
Here’s how it went down, at least in Walsh’s telling:
The station keeps cutting me off. I don't know why— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
And here comes to the General Manager. It appears I can say Redskins, which is supposedly offensive, but when I say other words, commercial— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
If Redskins is just like the "n-word" why can I say Redskins on-air without being dumped out into a commercial?— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 19, 2014
Just got kicked off the air until further notice. Tried to have honest discussion about racist terms and management censored my language.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
Found out if I said Redskins or Cracker or Redneck Bible Thumper, I could stay on. But if I said Nigger or Spick, they cut me off.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 20, 2014
Kicked off the air for saying the N-word? Imagine that!
For those grieving that this means the end of Joe Walsh’s public musings on the issues of the day — especially race relations — let the following reminders of previous Walsh gems be some solace. Like the time he said President Obama was only elected because he is black, for example; or the time Walsh claimed Democrats wanted to make Latino-Americans “dependent upon government,” just as they’ve done with blacks.
Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith.More Elias Isquith.