As I noted before, the left wing media was quick to parrot the Congressional Black Caucus’ lie that Tea Partiers chanted racial slurs at them as the waded through the crowd, cell phone cameras in hand, recording everything.
It simply didn’t happen.
Here’s the video. Watch and judge for yourself:
As I said before, unless “Kill the bill” is now racist, like “articulate” and “professor,” then there were no racial slurs.
The American Thinker details what actually went down:
Here is what happened. Rather than use the tunnel from the Cannon Office Building to the Capitol, a contingent from the Black Caucus chose to walk through a crowd of protesters. In none of the videos shot that day, including those by the members of the Caucus themselves, has anyone identified a single audible racial slur.
What the videos show are protesters booing the black congressmen as lustily as they did their white counterparts. The one thing they do scream is the racially neutral “Kill the bill.” The caucus members pass without incident until they reach the Capitol steps. There, an inattentive Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), flanked by a police officer, walks right in front of a man who has been screaming “kill the bill” through cupped hands for at least the last ten seconds.
Cleaver appears to get caught in the vocal spray. Once the videos emerged, Cleaver would tell the Washington Post that the man “allowed saliva to hit my face.” In the immediate aftermath of the incident, however, a visibly angry Cleaver — he poked his finger in the man’s face after being sprayed — spread a much darker story.
Here’s the video of that exchange:
As you saw, there was a Capitol police officer with Cleaver as they walked. She did nothing. That’s because at the time, “say it, don’t spray it” wasn’t a crime.
Later, when Cleaver came back, he couldn’t identify the man who supposedly spit on him.
As for the racial slurs, apparently no one heard them except Cleaver:
“They were shouting, sort of harassing,” Lewis told Douglas. What they shouted, Douglas reports, is “kill the bill, kill the bill.” House majority whip James CIyburn, who walked with the contingent, heard no racist remarks, either. “I experienced some of [the anger],” Clyburn told Keith Olbermann on March 22. “I didn`t hear the slurs.”
Douglas cites only Cleaver as the person who “distinctly heard ‘nigger.’” It is Douglas himself who inflates that one one word into multiple “protestors” who “scream” it at Lewis. There is no story without that word, and given the lack of video evidence and Cleaver’s willingness to dissemble on the alleged arrest, there is no reason to believe him.
Facts didn’t stop Al Sharpton from continuing to spread the untruth on The O’Reilly Factor.
O’Reilly, however, was having none of it:
“There were all kinds of reporters that were there.”
And yet none of them caught anything on camera.
None of the Congressional Black Caucus recorded any racial slurs either. Gateway Pundit has a still frame of Jesse Jackson, Jr. walking through the crowd wielding not one, but two cell phone cameras. If there was a chorus of racial slurs, as Emmanuel Cleaver said, then why didn’t Jackson catch it on tape? Why didn’t any of the above videos record them? Why did none of the media cameras record them?
Maybe because Emmanuel Cleaver is a liar.
The money would be donated to the United Negro College Fund. As of this writing, no one has come forward with any video evidence showing racism on the part of the Tea Party protestors.
It’s time for Emmanuel Cleaver to apologize. Anyone else who helped propagate this story, step up and apologize as well.