i thought you didn't feed the animals

Literally Thousands Of RNC Convention-Goers Did Not Throw Peanuts At A Black Woman And Call Her An Animal

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After last night’s stirring RNC tribute to small business people who did not receive any help from the government except for government loans and grants and a taxpayer-funded stage to pimp their businesses, it is difficult to be more inspired than we already are. But here is a positive, hopeful story that will put a spring in your step and some salt on your nuts.

An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to TPM.

In a written statement, CNN addressed the matter but divulged few details: “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”

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Some in the liberal media might get their hair up in a lather (or a dander, or a bother, or what the fuck ever) about this, seeking to impute the actions of a couple of likely DNC plants to the entire convention. Instead, let’s look at how the rest of the convention behaved.

Did they throw snack products at black people? NO. The Democrat Party continually talks about what terrible racist savages Republicans are, yet 99.9% of the convention managed to avoid assaulting a lady just because she was black and maybe liberal.

This is the realization of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. All black people should vote Republican, because you almost certainly won’t get hit in the face repeatedly.

[Talking Points Memo]

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219 comments

  1. Barbara_

    Stay classy, GOP!
    I bet you wouldn't have the nuts to do that to this lady when she wasn't at work and was in a position to do something about it, eh?

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Good Dems know better than to waste alcohol in such a manner. Plus, Fox employees are Scotch guarded from head to toe to be able to survive all the shit they have to put up with from Ailes and Murdoch to keep getting a paycheck.

      1. freakishlywrong

        Oh Berkeley, not alcoholic drinks. Big Heavy Gulps full of corn sugar and weighed down with ice will do nicely.

        1. chicken_thief

          I thought we weren't talking alcohol… I can't think of any drink short of alcohol, and it would take a shit fuck ton of that, that would make me wanna lick Greta.

  2. ChernobylSoup

    CNN should not have forced those RNC attendees into the false choice of being racist or not.

  3. freakishlywrong

    And FTW reality/sanity really took a hit last night. Will only watch on Current from here on out. (Switched over to Chopped during Kasich I think.) T'was all I could take.

  4. FakaktaSouth

    being removed from the convention

    and sent to the VIP section.
    I know a shit ton of people who would behave this way. They cleave to this party for the racism, no doubt about it.

  5. BerkeleyBear

    Between this "isolated incident", the testimony that the guy who authored SC's voter ID law agreed the whole thing was about keeping blacks and poors from voting and "stopping Obama" (and may have passed nut packs out in support of it), and the RNC claiming that their Akin-esque platform is no big deal since "their" lady voters are cool with no abortion rights, it has been quite a 24 hour window for nuts.

    1. CommieLibunatic

      Insofar as being whipped into a wordless, animalistic rage by my fellow supposed humans, sure!

    1. T3rbo

      Right? What exactly qualifies one to be a delegate at this convention? It's like you have a stadium full of sterotyped cletus cartoon characters throwing peanuts at blahs and yelling at messicans. Does the head of the party just go to empty fields in rural areas and put people in a van if they see someone with no shoes just wandering around? "Hey, where is we goin?" "Youn's are delegates now, for keepin the blacks out of Merica!"
      Were these people just fucking looking around and not paying attention when they introduced the REPUBLICAN governor of Puerto Rico, so they were like "Who's this fuckin messican? BOO! USA! USA!" Or did their brains just tell them "I don't give a fuck if he is the king of messico, they's takin mah jerbs! Chant USA, that's the only thing that will help!"
      I hope to god none of these people have children

      1. viennawoods13

        You forget. They don't like that there contraception or abortion, so they's havin' lots of kids.

        1. T3rbo

          You forget-they are republicans. They like abortion and contraception just fine, they just don't like YOU using these things. A medical abortion is fine for Santorum's wife but a horror to be eliminated for the rest of the 99%. If these dumb pieces of shit followed their own advice, the white portion of the population would be booming instead of shrinking slightly.

  6. Hera Sent Me

    The typical Republican can prove his lack of racism by pointing out that he hasn't said the N-word for over a year, now.

    At least not in public.

  7. comrad_darkness

    Evil Evil CNN entrapping that poor wing nut like that by forcibly shoving a black women down their throat. CNN should know the GOPers can't control themselves.

  8. Goonemeritus

    If they are throwing things at a CNN reporter what do they have in store for our brave Wonkette paratroopers?

      1. Negropolis

        It's the worst news for Don Lemon? Blah and gay?!

        Forget it, Don. It's a RNC conventiontown.

  9. jjdaddyo

    According to Chris Christie's speech last night: “We have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved”… it's good to see some Republicans are successfully fighting that desire.

    1. comrad_darkness

      Did he really say that?

      Confusing the RNC convention with his analyst's couch. I guess the crazy smell is the same.

    2. actor212

      “We have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved”

      Oooooooooooooooh, Ann Romney burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn! And made fun of her MS, too!

    3. sewollef

      I'm assuming — in Chris Christie's case — "be loved" is code for 'eat more cheesecake', right?

    4. GemlikeFlame

      I'd prefer that they stay paralyzed for whatever reason, but they're winning by overwhelming odds. Seriously, the thing that most strikes me here is that nobody on the right seems the slightest bit perturbed by even the most egregious of this insanity and goes essentially without comment.

      Folks, you're known by the company you keep. Friends like Coulter, Palin, Limbaugh, Boortz, Breitbart and Christie aren't doing you any favors.

  10. 1stNewtontheMoon

    I thought Pat Buchanan wasn't attending this year's convention? and he had a peanut allergy?

  11. T3rbo

    The only crime here was that this fan didn't get the memo about talking in code and avoiding certain words. I would bet that this 'person' would not have acted in this way unless he/she thought it was appropriate for the venue. People don't go to church and yell "Father Tim, you are a FUCKING BUM!" during the sermon because you only do that kind of thing at a baseball game.
    This racist was probably so ginned up with all of the dog whistles and talk of 'entitlement reform' that he/she just wanted to add to the atmosphere of racism that already existed. Let's not look down on this person, it's probably the same fan that starts the wave at a ball game. We need people like this!
    Look, no one is going to make a big deal if someone at the Democrat convention starts helping people or teaching someone about something. Double standard!

    1. Guppy

      People don't go to church and yell "Father Tim, you are a FUCKING BUM!" during the sermon because you only do that kind of thing at a baseball game.

      And you wouldn't get a blow job in the pews because you only do that kind of thing in a Cirque du Soleil show.

      I'm sorry, what were we talking about again?

  12. LibrarianX

    Thousand more could not tell you why they like Mitt Romney – they just can't stand the darkie.

  13. polnick

    Musical tastes rather than economic issues will decide the winner of the 2012 presidential election. There are few Rockers that do not prefer Romney over Obama. It would be suicidal to wear a tee shirt with a picture of Obama at a Rock concert. A recent poll of female Rockers found 99% would want Mitt as their next president. Romney accepted the endorsement of Kid Rock at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Kid Rock and band then performed his anthem "Born Free," which has become the Romney campaign theme.

    1. actor212

      So you're basically saying Dems should throw Rocks at Republicans covering our convention?

      I'm not sure. Wouldn't boulders be more effective?

    2. RadioBowels

      I heard all the rappers are for Romney too. Sorry, that was the rapers, the rapers are for Romney.

    3. Fare la Volpe

      A recent poll of female Rockers found 99% would want Mitt as their next president

      Aha. AHAHA. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA OHOHOHAHAHAHAHA!

      Oh God you're serious. AHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  14. FlownOver

    Initial investigation has focused on Don Joseph Zaluchi of the Detroit mob, who was reported previously to have said "They're animals anyway, so let them lose their souls."

    Zaluchi was an active member of the party's Platform Committee, advocating a plank opposing sale of narcotics to schoolchildren: "That's an infamia."

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Well, if Christie is gonna be misquoting Machiavelli (and Deniro in A Bronx Tale, apparently) and saying it was his mom's advice (the line is "it is better to be feared than loved", if you have to pick, as that giant tub no doubt knows) then why not let il cosa nostra into the tent?

    2. bikerlaureate

      Hold on, he's opposed to selling narcotics to schoolchildren?
      A true Profile in Courage…

      Would've thought the free market can be trusted to make decisions like that, but whatev.

      1. ElPinche

        Oh yeah, Spanky ! He's still around? I thought he couldn't take it without Breitbart and all.

  15. LibertyLover

    Let's be fair to that poor convention "attendee" – he (or she) prolly didn't have any pretzels to throw. And he (or she) left his twinkie in his other pants.

  16. el_donaldo

    Let's consider the statical averages. If fewer than 1% of Republicans throw nuts at African-American women, and there are a few hundred nuts in each jar of planters, the most nuts that would be thrown at any minority women would be about 2 or 3 tops, right? How could you complain about that?

  17. Wadisay

    The woman is going to be denied the right to vote anyway. So, really, if you're a Republican, why not throw peanuts at her?

  18. Estproph

    People keep wondering why it is that they are clearly using a racist approach, and say that they are doing it just out of cynicism. I don't think so. Let me tell you all a long boring story, no snark…

    In 1993 I took a small road trip with my father through Alaska. Along the way we stopped over at a little roadhouse for a beer. We walked in and ordered, and the very first thing the bartender says is (paraphrasing) "There's one thing that is always true – a nigger is the ugliest thing in the world." Seriously, just because we are white and the only ones there he comes out with this. My dad laid into him hard, which I am proud of.

    Racists have their hatred so entrenched, they don't even know it's there anymore. Because of that, they literally cannot picture white people finding it offensive. It's quite possible that there's a lot of repub strategists that aren't racist but are using racism opportunistically. But I also think there may be advisers high up in the Romney campaign or in repub circles who are blatantly racist, and can't see how offensive it is to everyone else.

    1. SoBeach

      …they literally cannot picture white people finding it offensive.

      I'm sure all white people have encountered this. I know I have. I'm a middle-aged, conservative looking white guy and racist strangers feel 100% comfortable saying the most vile things stuff around me. They just assume I'm cool with it (although they always take a quick look around to make sure no black people can overhear them.)

      1. Estproph

        Also, it's not by any means the only time I've run into something like this…

        What strikes me the most is that I kind of expect adults to have grown out of acting like this. I would expect something stupid like this from a 13 year old boy who's trying to figure out puberty and growing up. But grown adults?

        1. MacRaith

          Actually, these days I'd expect it more from grown "adults" than 13-year-olds. I have confidence that my son's generation will be the least racist in US history, at least until the next generation comes along.

          1. Estproph

            Fair point, and I hope you're right. For my point it's less about the generation, and more about the immaturity and insecurity of being that age. When I think back at when I was 13 – I was a mess, and I often said some things that I now cringe at when I think of them. It goes with the age. But IMO for some reason, racists/sexists/bigots of all stripes never seem to grow past 13 emotionally.

      2. T3rbo

        Yeah, that one is not usually pulled around the company of others, it's usually an intimate moment, which makes it even more repulsive.
        The worst, for me, is the muslim conversation: the same hillbilly that will tell you, in a private moment, about how much he hates blacks, will try to have a conversation in a social setting about muslims or islam with a group of people.
        The way I see it, and the way I react, is that I don't want to be friends with this person, so an insult or two kills two birds with one stone. Most of the people who pull this kind of shit have an inferiority complex, so something about "yeah, I bet you read that in a book" works well. As in "I can tell you are illiterate." It helps to be 6 feet tall and stocky, also.

    2. actor212

      This goes back a little further than your story, but it's relevant.

      I fly into Nashville in the early 80s…maybe it was 81. I had a gig and an interview, and so I hop into a cab and give him an address for the Holiday Inn I was staying at, cuz, you know, broke.

      He says, "Oh. Niggertown.." and proceeds to drive off.

      I figured at that point, I'd better let him steer the conversation because he could unsteer the cab right into a ditch. Fortunately, he got back onto safer turf almost immediately.

      1. SoBeach

        Best recent story:

        I was at a street party talking to a woman I've known for a few years. Well, I was getting hit on by a woman I've known for years, if you want the whole story. Her kid, about 9 years old, sees someone with an Obama t-shirt walk by and says "Obama's a black n—–!" Mom was embarrassed, did the quick look around to make sure no blah people heard it, and went right on with the conversation.

    3. viennawoods13

      Back around the same time you were travelling through Alaska, I was in my staffroom having a conversation with fellow teachers about Gone with the Wind, which I had just re-read for some reason, and commented on how racist it was. My friend in the room said his relatives in Michigan were just the same, and he hated it. My enemy in the room (and that is not overstating how I feel about this prick, for a variety of reasons) said, "Well, you might feel the same if you had to live around them." I sputtered I was so mad. "Them?" I said. "THEM? Like they're all just a mob, not individuals?" He stalked out in a huff.
      Speaking of racist books, the family story of Lyin' Ryan reminded me of a book called The Ladies of the Club, as in family been in a small mid-west town for ever, etc, etc, so I decided to waste some of my summer reading it again. And wow, the casual racism of the writer is overwhelming. The descriptions of the black people in the town- rolling eyes in terror- dear lord. Oh, and the whites are all staunch Republicans, of course. It's true that she was an old when she wrote it 20 years ago, but those attitudes are obviously still there. But then, they have to live around THEM.

    4. Incitefully_Joe

      I'm too brown for people to try to pull that shit with me, but I have a good friend, who is Chinese-American, and worked in DC tourism back during the Glenn Beck's Great Teabag Rally of Aught-Ten (2 years ago, yesterday!).

      His favorite stories were about teabaggers -plural- who, because he was Asian, assumed this meant they could haggle over prices, in a DC GIFT SHOP, and the one teabagger who remarked, conspiratorial tones, but none-too-quietly, that at least my friend was 'one of the good ones'.

      Anyway, he got back at them by directing them to the nearest Scientology recruitment tent whenever they asked how to get places.

    5. djneedlz

      It's the sparkly-eyed, sexed-up look that Whitey gets when he's getting his nigra-hate on in private with you that creeps the most. It's such a fetid swamp underneath the cheerful facade.

  19. garryboldwater

    Let me get this straight… the RNC held a tribute to small business people who received no help from the government? I guess they may as well give em' a tribute, because they're not giving them a level playing field, seeing as though they drop to their knees for any big corporation who can stuff their campaign coffers. Democrats. Pretty much the same. Sadly.

  20. rhubarbpie2

    So refreshing to see that Good Old-fashioned Prejudice (GOP) at the convention instead of that newfangled veneer of respectability the Republicans usually dole out.

  21. Guppy

    assaulting a lady just because she was black and maybe liberal

    And here I thought it was because she was a member of the gotcha media.

  22. BaldarTFlagass

    That black camerawoman should be thankful that they were serving peanuts and not watermelon.

  23. mrpuma2u

    ?!!! ? "CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment" WTF? Are they that scared of losing ad $$$?!?!?!!? What pussies.

    1. comrad_darkness

      They don't want to be blocked from having correspondents in any future Romney white house.

  24. BaldarTFlagass

    "99.9% of the convention managed to avoid assaulting a lady just because she was black"

    In defense of the 99.9%, the camera lady was in a poorly-lit area and therefore not easily seen.

    1. T3rbo

      Yeah, in typical fashion, a member of a minority group was attacked by the 1%. It's a metaphor of some kind.

    1. T3rbo

      Sadly, most of the women there are past childbearing years (which is why they are so pro life?), and many of the right wing men like to, how do we put it gently, secretly have sex in a way that does not produce offspring. Santorum has probably been doing it like a rabbit every day since he got into town, but rentboys can't get pregnant. There are probably only so many repubs. at this convention who are willing and able to take your advice in the ways prescribed, and do we really want more mormons? The master race, sadly, is doomed….

  25. Monsieur_Grumpe

    It was an understandable mistake. For many at the RNC she was probably the first black person they have seen in person.

    1. T3rbo

      To be fair, if you are going to stand out, you really need to bring your 'a' game. Racist t shirts and signs are old hat, pictures of Obama that look like a monkey are very 2010, and just blurting out the n word won't even get you noticed in this crowd. What does the next poor racist have to do now to get mentioned in the librul media? I'm guessing dress up like hitler and make a speech about jews on the floor? Minstrel show?

    1. FakaktaSouth

      Yepper, Saturday night. Hence I too will be in Atlanta and I am DEFINITELY ruder than most southerners. Yee haw. Can't wait.

      1. Chet Kincaid_

        Well I hope you and fuflans get together, being two of my favorite folks and all! You can help calm her occasional "My God, Mitt's going to win!!" attacks. (wink)

      2. valgal2342

        Depending on weather, I may drive down from the 'Ville. What is the location again? What hotels are nearby? Thanks!

  26. TribecaMike

    How very polite, if not slavish, of CNN to say they'll have "no further comment." Their employee must be extremely proud of them.

  27. Terry

    "Did they throw snack products at black people? NO. The Democrat Party continually talks about what terrible racist savages Republicans are, yet 99.9% of the convention managed to avoid assaulting a lady just because she was black and maybe liberal."

    Michael Steele did once hallucinate that students at Morgan State University (an historically black university outside of Baltimore) threw Oreos at him, but no one else at the event saw the cookies and Steele kept changing his story each time he was asked.

  28. annettaj

    Ahhh . . . GOP conventioneer–making the world safe for Mitt Romney cuz black camerawomen couldn't possibly be people too–like corporations.

  29. Misty Malarky

    In 1968 in the heart of Alabama my five year cousin thought it would be absolutely hilarious to yell out of the car window to a group of black kids and ask them if the monkeys wanted some peanuts. My aunt immediately pulled the car to the curb and made him march over to them and apologize.

    If only the RNC attendees had the class and racial sensitivity of 1968 Alabama.

    1. TribecaMike

      A few years ago, while vacationing in South Carolina, my wife and I were driving around looking for a bbq joint and some snot-nosed little punk on the side of a dirt road yelled at me, "Hey mister, you know there's a darkie with you?" Never again, SC.

    2. Negropolis

      Glad to hear about that. I had an incident back in the 00's when I was a teen of a group of what looked to be colleged-aged white guys in an old van who thought it'd just be fuckin' funny to roll up on me aggressively while I was on the sidewalk minding my own damn business and shout "nigger! nigger! nigger!" and then laugh and speed off. First time in my life I was afraid for my life from another human.

    3. ChuckieJesus

      Early eighties. A ten year old Chuckie Jesus makes her way across West Virginia, on her way up to Maine for the summer. The lesbian moms stop at a gas station, but since they're both white, don't raise much alarm.

      I decide to stretch my legs. A girl my age, looking as if she were dipped in snot and chocolate from the nose down, comes up to me, says out of the blue, "My daddy said black peoples gots tails."

      I had to ask her again what she said, because it didn't make sense at first. Finally parsing it, I turn around, and pull down my pants. "Your daddy lied."

      That was much more civil discourse than is achieved on the regular these days.

  30. Jeri 2.0

    I bet she was the camerawoman who shot the footage of the RNC patriots who started shouting "USA" over and over and over, as they flung their poop and pounded their chests, when Puerto Rican Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas went onstage and spoke with an accent. They were just defending their right to publicly humiliate people of color in private… or something.

  31. thefrontpage

    It's just incredibly baffling why Clint Eastwood–or anyone else previously believed to have some degree of intelligence and insight–would support Romney and the Republican Party. Eastwood is a supporter of gay rights and gay marriage, Eastwood is a big supporter of science-based and reality-based environmental, natural resource, global warming and climate change issues, Eastwood is a supporter of progressive health and human services issues, Eastwood is a supporter of minority rights, Eastwood is a supporter of pro-woman's issues, and Eastwood is a supporter of basically Democratic-leaning, left-leaning, progressive issues. So why on earth would this seemingly intelligent man suddenly support such as a moronically, idiotically, stupidly hateful, racist, homophobic, anti-science, anti-environment, anti-progressive, anti-minority, anti-women, psycho party full of discriminatory, hateful, backwards, redneck, moronic, idiotic and stupid people? It just doesn't make sense. Same goes for Jon Voight, Kid Rock and others–just what poisonous Kool Aid did these moronic people drink? Forget them all–they are fighting a losing battle, on every front.

    1. IceCreamEmpress

      Lower taxes. Note what they have in common—they are all rich as fuck.

      See, the self-interest over principle thing is at least understandable. What mystifies me is why poors vote for Republicans.

      1. ChuckieJesus

        Aspirational xenophobia. "If I hate what they hate, surely they'll let me into the country club!"

  32. thefrontpage

    Hey "Jesse Taylor"–Wake up and smell the racism! If you don't think that the Republican Party is a hateful, bigoted, racist, discriminatory, anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-Hispanic and generally backwards redneck psycho group of hateful yahoos, then you are living in a remote cave on a deserted island with your head in the sand. Of course the party is full of similarly hateful, bigoted, discriminatory people–of all types. Even people of color. The Republican Party is the party of hate and racism and discrimination, pure and simple.

  33. a_pink_poodle

    There you liberals go again, taking things way out of context again! I have no idea about what the true, non-racist context is but I'm pretty sure you liberals are being the real racists here.

    1. shelwood46

      My favorite justification I've seen some dipwad conjure was, "Well, she probably took some of that guy's peanuts without asking." Yeah, that's probably it.

  34. Incitefully_Joe

    I have to say, that CNN's pussyriffic refusal to actually respond to this is kinda disgraceful. No offense, CNN, and I realize that you don't want to to upset the Teabag constituency that you still cover as somehow novel and interesting for some reason, and I realize that your shtick is totally all about slavishly pretending to be "balanced" and "non-partisan", but, WHEN YOUR JOURNALISTS ARE BEING HARRASSED IN A RACIST MANNER BY DELEGATES AT A MAJOR PARTY CONVENTION IT IS INHERENTLY NEWSWORTHY YOU FAIL AT JOURNALISM FOREVER.

    1. bikerlaureate

      They don't want to lose access to the GOP leaders. Pretty hard to push the "close horse race of an election" / "both sides do it" lies if you can't get the occasional comment from a Republican who's somewhat recognizable.

  35. Dumbedup

    Fault the GOP all you want, but they learn lessons well. Lesson from 08' was, McCain wouldn't play the race card, and that's why he lost (they believe). Not holding back this time.

  36. Katydid

    Few things:

    Blahs are people too, my friends.

    Why didn't the camerawoman swirl the camera around and take pictures of the racists?

    Also too, I can't wait to hear the howls from the winger blogs, and I expect that Repubs will send people into the Democratic Convention to do something racist against white people.

    That is all.

  37. BarackMyWorld

    I tried to post this earlier, but the connectivity gods weren't smiling on me…

    The Republicans say they're not crazy, but I can clearly see their nuts.

  38. IceCreamEmpress

    I think it was fantastic that the convention had the opportunity to harass both a Latina lady and a black lady. If only there had been some Asian and Native ladies around, it would have been a grand slam of racism and sexism.

  39. VA_Dreaming

    Why aren't CNN and all other news networks showing us pictures of these assholes? They did it, so let them deal with the fallout when they return home and have to face people who aren't racist assholes.
    And if the republicans who are trying to claim they were democratic operatives are right, what better way to have the truth come out. These two people are either pigs, or paid pigs and they deserve to spend some time crawling in the mud.

  40. Pap Finn

    I continue to be astonished at how far under the radar this shit generally flies in the press, but I think the explanation is pretty simple: no one wants to admit that the electoral base of one of the two major parties in the World's Greatest Democracy is constituted largely of retrograde, nativist, racist fucking savages. It's too embarrassing.

  41. fitley

    I doubt the eye witness reports. Really how can anybody see anything with all those giant encephalitic heads in the way? Why do you think they have Jumbotrons? So they can fit the giant heads on the screens and/or to see around the giant bobbing heads on the convention floor.

  42. Negropolis

    CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.

    Way to publically stick up for your employees, CNN. Gawd, even their media replies are anemic.

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