Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney endured some blistering attacks during the 2012 campaign, but Martin Bashir Live host Martin Bashir may have taken the Bill Burton Cup this afternoon when he dropped some Idi Amin on the former Massachusetts Governor. After a thorough rundown of Mitt Romney’s remarks blaming greedy minorities for his loss, and former running mate Paul Ryan‘s similar sentiments, Bashir turned to his panel of Joy Reid, Ari Melber, and Jared Bernstein, and compared Romney, unfavorably, with crazed, murderous, possible cannibalistic (now dead) Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
“Let’s set aside, for the moment, the racism and the contempt for his fellow Americans,” Bashir began. “Don’t these kind of views ethically disqualify someone for the highest office in the land? I mean, Idi Amin had a warmer attitude toward his electorate, and he is said to have eaten some of them.”
The line got a laugh from the panel, and Melber quipped, “I didn’t expect the cannibalism right out of the gate.”
Bashir is nothing if not a mischief-maker, and I suspect he is running something of a controlled experiment here. Conservatives are so very defensive about racism (especially when one of them really is being racist) that Bashir probably wants to see if the inevitable Newsbusters article on this clip focuses more on that accusation than the comparison to Amin. Honestly, I put that at a toss-up.
Here’s the clip, from Martin Bashir Live:
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