After disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris to the Senate, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) became Burris’ most vocal defender. He likened Senate Democratic leaders, who said they would not seat a Blagojevich appointment, to George Wallace and Bull Connor and warned Senate Democrats not to “hang or lynch” Burris. Tonight on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Rush went further, comparing the Senate’s refusal to seat Burris yesterday to one of the most violent chapters of the civil rights movement:
RUSH: It reminded me of the dogs being sicced on children in Birmingham, Alabama. That’s what it reminded me of.
Rush also declared that racism “is as American as apple pie.” Watch it:
“When Rush threw that ‘lynching’ card out there, he didn’t just disgrace himself, he really trivialized, arguably, the most disgraceful eras in American history,” the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote. Coates has more here.