Last Saturday night, Tea Party Express Chairman Mark Williams gained legendary status among right-wingers for bravely standing up to the unfair stereotypes of the Tea Party movement perpetuated by… Fox News. Turns out that, besides biting the hand that feeds, Williams was actively promoting these stereotypes last September when he called Barack Obama an "Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug" on his blog.
Williams appeared on Geraldo at Large on Saturday to discuss the tea partiers along with guest Mike Huckabee and took all his anger at the mainstream media out on host Geraldo Rivera, who was taken by surprise and seemed to be holding back nervous laughter for most of the segment. Williams' biggest gripe with Rivera was that he had been spinning tea party footage to make protesters seem racist and off-the-charts insane, taking some very personal swipes at the host that had nothing to do with tea party coverage.
It's pretty easy to go on TV and bully a discredited tabloid hound like Geraldo Rivera around– even if he couldn't even handle doing that without a misinterpretation of the legacy of William Randolph Hearst. Perhaps that's precisely why Williams went on the program– to avoid what happened to him in September when he took his schtick to Anderson Cooper 360º and was held accountable for some nasty racist comments he had made online, namely that Obama was an "Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug" and "racist-in-chief"
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