Sharpton, Joan Walsh Unload on Palin for Slavery Remark: Feeding ‘White Grievance Industry’

Al Sharpton wasted no time on Monday night tearing into Sarah Palin for comparing the national debt to slavery, with the qualifying phrase “this isn’t racist.” Sharpton said, “It’s hard to avoid sounding racist when you make comparisons like that,” and was joined by Cynthia Tucker and Joan Walsh in the ensuing Palin pile-on.

Sharpton brought up Palin’s low approval ratings and argued that part of the reason the Republicans and tea party suffer from low approvals as well is because they “repeat her talking points,” and called on them to “reject Palin’s brand of extremism instead of copying it.”

Tucker said that for the GOP, slavery is just like rape, because every time they openly speak about either, “they’ll say something stupid.” Walsh, however, differed from Sharpton’s talk of “extremism” by charging that “Sarah Palin is the mainstream of the Republican party.” Walsh added, “When you’re tempted to preface something by saying ‘this isn’t racist,’ maybe you should check yourself and think about it, because it probably is.'”

Walsh added that Palin’s just fueling the “white grievance industry” with charged comments like that.

Watch the video below, via MSNBC:

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