5 worst right-wing moments of the week — An avalanche of horrific Ferguson claims

"Hercules'" Kevin Sorbo gets a little bit racist, while Dinesh D'Souza... also gets a little bit racist

Published August 25, 2014 11:44AM (EDT)

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This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

AlterNet1. Kevin Sorbo calls Ferguson protestors animals, apologizes for it unconvincingly.

Former "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo, who has a sideline as a political conservative and outspoken Christian, probably should have just sat back and enjoyed Faux News' coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, MO, after police shot an unarmed black teen. Surely, he would have gotten his victim-smearing, race-baiting, Obama-blaming fill there. But no, he took to Facebook to rant about the protestors in Ferguson, calling them "losers" and "animals"—animals with ulterior motives. (Wait, can animals have ulterior motives?)

"Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man," Sorbo wrote, because, of course, he knows. "It is an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are. It is a tipping point to frustration built up over years of not trying, but blaming everyone else, the Man, for their failures. It's always someone else's fault when you give up. Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans (I always thought we (sic) just Americans. Oh, well) that their President the (sic) voted in has only made things worse for them, not better."

He later apologized. “I stand humiliated and humbled. My most sincere apologies for my post on the events in Ferguson,” he said. “I posted out of frustration and anger over the violence and looting. My words were never meant to hurt the African-American community.”

Well, who were they meant to hurt?

The apology rang just a little hollow. It may rank Sorbo slightly lower on the douchebag scale than, say, Ted Nugent, but that’s not saying much. And it’s not like this was his first conservative rant.  Earlier this week, Sorbo dubbed atheists "angry"while promoting his recent film, God Is Not Dead, in which he plays an atheist, according to RawStory. Last year, he took aim at Hollywood for liberal hypocrisy.

Finally, in an interview with his pal Hannity later in the week, Sorbo pointed out that 97 percent of black people voted for Obama. “Isn’t that kind of racist?”

A deep thinker, this Sorbo.

2. Fox host confuses ISIS with Islam—suggests solution is “bullet in the head.”

Among the distinctions Fox hosts are unable to make is the difference between violent, extremist Muslims and all other Muslims. They are all alike to the Islamophobe. It takes almost no provocation to draw out this confusion, and the beheading of journalist James Foley by the militant group ISIS easily did the trick. On Wednesday’s edition of “Outnumbered,” co-host Andrea Tantaros, a beacon of subtle thinking, really let her ignorance fly.

“If you study the history of Islam,” she said, as if she had actually studied the history of Islam, “our ship captains were getting murdered. The French had to tip us off. I mean these were the days of Thomas Jefferson. They’ve been doing the same thing. This isn’t a surprise. You can’t solve it with a dialogue. You can’t solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head. It’s the only thing these people understand. And all we’ve heard from this President is a case to heap praise on this religion, as if to appease them.”

Apart from the rather dubious history, and the idea that going all the way back to Thomas Jefferson's day gives you a complete picture of Islam, we couldn't help notice the use of the lovely catchphrase “these people.” Always a tip off.

Right Andrea, this whole ISIS thing is nothing a little ethnic cleansing wouldn’t solve.

3. Dinesh D’Souza sees similarity between ISIS and Ferguson protestors.

Conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza also had some thoughts this week. That is almost never a good thing. When thoughts rattle around D’Souza’s feverish brain, weird connections get made, and then D’Souza is apt to voice those thoughts and connections, which are uniformly nutso. This week, D’Souza thought he saw a connection between ISIS fighters and Ferguson protestors. This is certifiably insane. We’re hoping we don’t have to explain why. Here is what he said on NewsMaxTV’s Steve Malzberg’s show:

“The common thread between ISIS and what’s going on in Ferguson is you have these people who basically believe that to correct a perceived injustice, it’s perfectly okay to inflict all types of new injustices.”

(Notice, again, the use of the phrase “these people,” the equivalent of sticking a Post-It on your forehead that says, “I’m a stupid racist.”)

“Behead guys who had nothing to do with it. Go and loot shops from business owners who were not part of the original problem whatsoever.”

See the similarities?

We realize that D’Souza needs to kill time while he waits to be sentenced for violating campaign finance law and lying about it. But, thinking, making absurd connections and saying them aloud is not the way to go.

4. Iowa Republican: Child migrants are ‘highly trained as warriors.’

Not all children are created equal, a Republican official in Iowa argued this week. For instance, child migrants are nothing like American children; they are dangerous threats, and could be “highly trained warriors” who will rise up against us.

The author of this paranoid delusion is Tamara Scott, a Republican National Committeewomanand state director of Concerned Women for America. She made her deranged comments Thursday on her weekly radio show.

Like Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros, this wingnut hangs her theory on a shaky understanding of history, and like Dinesh D’Souza, she's good at making totally specious comparisons.

“We know back in our revolution, we had 12-year-olds fighting in our revolution, and for many of these kids, depending on where they’re coming from, they could be coming from other countries and be highly trained as warriors who will meet up with their group here and actually rise up against us as Americans,” she said.

There was more crazy after that—we're talking biblical crazy. Scott said enticing children to cross the U.S. border violates biblical principles. Her listeners must have been pretty confused about that because the U.S. wasn’t around in biblical times, and the Bible actually entreats people to treat guests and foreigners well. Then again, if they are listening to Scott, "these people" (yep, we did that on purpose) are likely to be confused anyway.

5. Louis Gohmert: Obama's Muslim brothers are giving him bad advice about ISIS.

Drooling hatemonger Louis Gohmert spewed his two cents this week on President Obama’s handling of ISIS and the beheading of James Foley. The Tea Partying congressman from Texas is not able or willing to come to terms with the fact that, despite his name, the president is not actually a Muslim. Gohmert’s Obamaphobia coupled with his Islamophobia led him to conclude that President Obama would not be able to adequately protect the nation from the threat posed by ISIS because the administration’s policy is being guided and influenced by “Muslim brothers.”

Okay, Louie, please explain. WTF are you talking about?

Here’s how he, somewhat inarticulately, said it on SiriusXM’s “The Wilkow Majority.” “If you’re Commander-in-Chief you can’t be listening to Muslim brother advise on when it’s time to stop destroying Muslim brothers.”

 See, Gohmert has a theory. Well, theory might be too nice a word for it, since it is more of a paranoid delusion informed by no evidence and a lot of racist hysteria. Anyway, Gohmert thinks the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government, and that the President’s top six advisors are Muslims. He’s even called for an investigation of this phenom along with Michele Bachmann, who is definitely the sort of towering intellect you want to throw your lot in with.

By Janet Allon

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