MSNBC morning show host Joe Scarborough went on the attack against right-wing "hatred" Tuesday and declared he would be putting together a "conservative honor roll" to reward GOP politicians who denounce the rhetoric of commentators like Fox News' Glenn Beck.
"You cannot say that the President of the United States ... hates all white people," Scarborough proclaimed. "You cannot call the President of the United States a racist. You cannot wallow in conspiracy theories -- as [Beck] did for about a month -- suggesting that FEMA might be setting up concentration camps and going on Fox & Friends and saying. 'I can't disprove it.' ... You can't stir up that type of hatred ... and then say, 'Oh, I'm just a rodeo clown.'"
Scarborough pointed out that Peter Wehner -- a writer for the conservative magazine Commentary who ran the White House's Office of Strategic Intiatives for some time during the Bush administration -- has declared that Beck's inflammatory rhetoric is hurting the conservative cause.
"Only recently have I watched portions of [Beck's] television program, as well as interviews with him, and heard parts of his radio program. And what I’ve seen should worry the conservative movement," Wehner wrote in an article published Monday. "I say that because he seems to be more of a populist and libertarian than a conservative, more of a Perotista than a Reaganite. His interest in conspiracy theories is disquieting, as is his admiration for Ron Paul and his charges of American 'imperialism.'"
Wehner concludes: "[T]he role Glenn Beck is playing is harmful in its totality. My hunch is that he is a comet blazing across the media sky right now — and will soon flame out."
Added Scarborough: "You cannot stir up things that could have very deadly consequences. I was in congress in 1995, I know where this can end."
Scarborough was a Republican House Representative from 1995 to 2001. His statement about "deadly consequences" and 1995 appears to refer to the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, for which the far-right extremist Timothy McVeigh was convicted.
"We're going to have a conservatives' honor roll on this show," Scarborough continued, referring to his show, Morning Joe. "And trust me, you want to be on this honor roll. I'm talking to you Mitt Romney, and I'm talking to anybody who wants to be president in 2012 -- you need to call out this type of hatred. Because it always blows up in your face.
"Conservatives who don't call him out are responsible," Scarborough said. "I don't care if right-wing nuts get upset with me, that's just the reality."
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