MSNBC’s Al Sharpton is no stranger to self-aggrandizing statements. But in his new book, The Rejected Stone, he takes self-aggrandizement to its limit: he compares himself to iconic Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize. Sharpton describes going to church with President Obama in 2009 just before his inauguration:
As we left that church, I stopped and met Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate who had survived the Holocaust camps in Nazi Germany. I thought about how there currently were and had been battles fought all over the world for human rights, whether against the Nazis, against apartheid, against slavery and segregation, against Northern racists…I knew that, like me, they had had periods in their lives when they were not exactly warmly embraced in the corridors of power, when they might even have been considered pariahs.
Sharpton once complained about the “diamond merchants” in Crown Heights, suggesting, “All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no kaffe klatsch, no skinnin’ and grinnin’. Pay for your deeds.” He also said in Harlem, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). Follow him on Twitter @BenShapiro.