The absolutely deranged con man and conspiracy theorist Larry Pratt, head of Gun Owners of America, and Selwyn Duke, a columnist for the badly misnamed American Thinker website, got together on a radio show to talk about race in America. Let’s just say it didn’t go well.
The two started off by discussing a column in which Duke hypothesizes that President Obama may be “creating a martial law ready military” by “promoting minorities and women — and, I believe, homosexuals and lesbians — at the expense of white men.”
“I’m not saying there’s anything nefarious going on here for sure,” Duke told Pratt. But, he said, if you “wanted to have the military on your side…you would do it by implementing the exact same policies that Barack Obama has been implementing.” Pratt added his pet conspiracy theory that the president is “building up a civilian defense force, not for defending the country but defending the president.”
Later in the program, Duke twisted Neera Tanden’s remark that the president “doesn’t like people” – by which she meant he is a “private person” – to claim that the president is a “misanthrope.”
“You know what kinds of leaders didn’t like people?” he mused. “People like Joseph Stalin. People like Ivan the Terrible,” adding, “I’m reminded of Hitler here.”
Mr. Godwin, call your office.
The two moved on to talking about what they perceive as the differences between Africans and African Americans, which, as you can probably imagine, went great.
“Generally, the African from Africa is a very pro-American person, a very happy person,” Pratt said. “I know several, and they’re always happy with a joke, a pleasant smile on their face, and they clearly don’t identify with the surliness that’s all too frequently the attitude of their fellow African Americans here.”
Duke responded by informing Pratt that that may be true but “the Africans who come here in the first place, I would say, tend to be of a better stripe.”
The two also touched on the issue of apartheid in South Africa, which both claimed wasn’t all that bad. Pratt lamented that Dutch and English settlers “neglected to evangelize the blacks,” so that now “there aren’t common values, there is certainly no Christian ethos in that country.”
Duke, for his part, equated the “supposedly racist” apartheid regime with George Zimmerman. “South Africa was sort of the George Zimmerman of the geopolitical stage,” he said. “It was a situation where you had black on black crimes that were rampant and brutal that the media ignored, but this white-on-black so-called crime was disseminated far and wide…simply because it accorded with the politically correct agenda.”
Oh yes, the “supposedly” racist apartheid with its “so-called crime” against blacks. But nah, the far right isn’t racist or anything.