Garofalo: Tea Party Protesters 'Functionally Retarded'; 'I Want My Country Back' Code for 'I Want My White Guy Back'
Comic devotes portion of stand-up routine to attacking conservative activists, insists 2004 Bush/Kerry election was stolen.
By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
8/22/2009 4:34:29 PM
You probably already knew Jeanane Garofalo was no fan of conservatives, Republicans or just about anything that could be described as right of center. But the former Air America host and MSNBC regular really has a low regard for conservative activists.
In an appearance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 21, Garofalo ripped into tea party protesters, or what some of the wizards of smart on the left have deemed “tea baggers” calling them “functionally retarded adults” and “racists.”
“Do you remember tea baggers?” Garofalo said. “It was just so much easier when we could just call them racists. I just don’t know why we can’t call them racists, or functionally retarded adults.”
Garofalo has made prior overtures alleging any public display of discontent with the current president is nothing more than racial hatred. Back in April she called tea party protesters “a bunch of tea bagging rednecks” on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” However, she contended the public’s frustration expressed over the direction of the country was code for racism.
“The functionally retarded adults, the racists – with their cries of, ‘I want my country back,’” she said. “You know what they’re really saying is, ‘I want my white guy back.’
They apparently had no problem at all for the last eight years of habeas corpus being suspended, the Constitution being [expletive] on, illegal surveillance, lied to on a war or two, two stolen elections – yes, the John Kerry one was stolen too. That’s not tin-foil hat time. That’s just…”