Bob Beckel, a liberal host who appears on Fox News' "The Five," sparked controversy Tuesday when he claimed that “crackers in the south” want to keep minorities from voting with voter ID laws, Mediaite reported.
Matt Wilstein said conservatives on the program were attempting to place blame on President Obama for the lack of racial progress in America when Beckel claimed “crackers in the south” were trying to disenfranchise minority voters.
Eric Bolling listed statistics showing that blacks are six times more likely to be incarcerated in federal prison and be a victim of homicide than whites, Wilstein said. Bolling also cited the growing unemployment rate among young African-Americans.
Beckel turned the conversation to voting rights, saying, “there’s a bunch of crackers in the south."
He didn't get to finish his statement, because the other hosts immediately piled on.
"Soon," Wilstein said, "he was imploring them to 'shut up' so he could get through his statement."
“I’ll shut up if you take back the cracker comment,” Bolling said. “I know you didn’t mean it.”
Instead of backing off, Beckel doubled down.
“In the counties, in certain parts of Texas and North Carolina where these new voting ID laws will disenfranchise blacks, they are crackers,” he said, claiming that he was only referring to those who want to see laws passed that require some form of voter identification.
But host Greg Gutfeld argued that if “anybody that’s for voter ID is a cracker,” then “that makes a lot of black people crackers.”
Last November, Breitbart News reported that a Breitbart News/Judicial Watch Election Night survey found that "two-thirds of blacks (66%) and three-quarters of Hispanic voters (74%) supported Photo ID laws, as did 59% of Democrats and 80% of independents."
Nevertheless, liberals maintain that requiring photo identification for voting is racist.
Newsbusters' Kevin Mooney asked: "If it’s racist to ask voters for a form of identification at their polling place, why isn’t it then racist to also ask for identification before stepping inside a plane, or into a federal building, filling out a job application or opening up a bank account?"
Beckel and others like him, however, refuse to address that question.
Beckel, in fact, told his fellow co-hosts that he would “continue to say this” because he believes that “without voter registration–any impediment on it to voting by blacks is a substantial foundation for black success in this country.”
Kimberly Guilfoyle countered, telling Beckel the Supreme Court disagrees with his "facts."
“The Supreme Court said your facts are out of date,” she said.
“This Supreme Court’s out of date,” Beckel said in response.
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