Trent Franks: Blacks Better Off Under Slavery. No, Really.

Trent gives the bloggers something to harp on, around 6:12 in...

Republican Congressman Trent "Foot-in-Mouth" Franks is truly the gift that keeps on giving. The goofy, amiable wingnut from Arizona's Second Congressional District is known for his hard-right stance on just about everything from abortion to President Obama's birth certificate, which he desperately wanted to see at one point.

To say he's outdone himself with his latest racially-charged statements, captured in the YouTube clip above, starting around 6:12 in, would be ignorant of Franks' history of saying stupid stuff. Granted, though, this one is a dozy. And I'm sure the 2.2 percent of African-Americans in his district will not be too happy to find out that Franks figured they had it better off in the antebellum South.

"I don't know what it takes to get people to see the obvious," he tells his interlocutor. "It seems like that humanity is very gifted at hiding from something that's obviously true. I mean, in this country we had slavery for god knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say, `How blind were they? What was the matter with them?'

"I can't believe...I mean, four million slaves, this is incredible. And we're right...We should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America's soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted...Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today, than were being devastated by the policies of slavery."

Actually, in context, I think I know what he was trying to say, but Franks will have hell to pay, at least from liberal bloggers for it. For good reason. Slavery was no walk in the park. The whippings, chains, the dying in transit in slave ships. Didn't this guy ever see Roots? Sheesh?

And yet, the discussion was originally about talk radio, which led to how people express themselves and make a point, which led to this unfortunate comparison, because abortion is Trent's number one issue. Still, I can't hate on the guy too  much. He gives me too much material.

I can already hear all the fake outrage, flowing through the InterWeb like a mighty river. Gimme a break. The congressman's practically keeping you oafs employed. Moreover, Franks even offered a preemptive apology, moments later in the same video:

"So sometimes we're a little bit emphatic. And sometimes we get angry and say things we shouldn't say. And I apologize, right here in front of everybody for saying things, especially if they're not true."

Considering his record for wacky statements, Franks should walk around with a sign that says "I'm sorry" round his neck. Would save us all a bunch of time.


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ALbert010
ALbert010

They DON'T research... they get "gut feelings" and then assume it was a sign from God. That's why we invaded Iraq.

Just look to Herman Cain. He admittedly doesn't know anything about Islam, says he hasn't studied it enough to form an opinion BUT he woouldn;t hire a Muslim, He belives that ALL muslims aim to convert "the infidels" (even though he admittedly doesn't know anything about islam....) He's got a gut feeling about those Muslims.....

RESEARCH? The GOP's research amounts to Religious Speeches by David barton ( a man who doesn't hold any degrees in theology, law or the Constitution, Doesn't hold a professorship at ANY college in America, and doesn't understand the the Federal Government can make and enforce laws at the state level (He think the interstate highway system is unconstitutional.....)

btw Huckabee thinks whe should be "held at gunpoint no less" and be FORCED to listen to this dumbass proselytize.- http://thinkprogress.org/2011/...

ALbert010
ALbert010

What's appalling is that WHITE republicans are distorting the black abortion rate across the country in a twisted effort to make Abortion illegal. These are white republicans..... LIke Mike Huckabbe and Rick Santorum.... they don;t care about Black people or the problems in the black communities across the nation (as evident by their campaign ads.... Santorum doesn't shake the hand of a single person of color in ANY of his Hollywood style ads- as Huckabee points out about Obamas "DIFFERENT" world view- he didn't grow up like "US" going to cub scout meetings" )

Santorum says that Scoial Security in in the tank because 1/3 of young people "in America aren't in America today because they were aborted".... HE ACTUALLY CLAIMS THIS. (politfact rates it FALSE) abortion actually only accounts for around 20% of all fetal deaths- http://politifact.com/truth-o-...

Next you got Haley Barbour touting Mississippi "lowest Abortion rate in America" which is true.... BUT he conveniently FORGETS to mention that Mississippi has the HIGHEST INFANT MORTALITY RATE IN THE COUNTRY....

THIS is what the GOP wants for America. Children in the womb get rights to life and HEALTHCARE but as soon as they're born they don't get WIC, SNAP food stamps, HEAD START, or any other program that will ensure they survive as an infant and young child.

Bring down the Abortion rate in America while simultaneously bringing UP the infant mortality rate. What a great Platform to stand on come 2012....

ALbert010
ALbert010

Hey Lemons.... go fuck yourself.

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