Establishment Republican David Frum slammed politicians like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for taking the side of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson in his battle with A&E over the right to express his religious views without being punished for them.
In a recent podcast interview with the left-leaning Political Wire, Frum said the Duck Dynasty controversy was a “perfect opportunity” for a Republican politician “to say nothing.”
He said Robertson’s remarks to GQ magazine were “insulting” and then, proving he neither read the GQ interview nor the statements of the politicians he slammed, accused Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal of agreeing with the notion that “blacks are happier under Jim Crow” and “homosexuals are hateful and murderous.”
Jindal said absolutely nothing of the sort–and neither did Robertson.
Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong… Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.
Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible:
Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers–they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.
And if that wasn’t explicit enough, the “Duck Commander” added:
It seems like, to me, a vagina–as a man–would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.
And here were Robertson’s comments about the Jim Crow South:
I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’–not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.
Writing at Breitbart News, Jerome Hudson noted that nothing from Robertson’s interview would make one think that he is a racist:
Robertson never implied gays were “murderous” or blacks were happier under Jim Crow. And Jindal certainly did not say he agreed with Robertson’s remarks. Jindal just emphasized that Robertson had a right to express his religious beliefs without being suspended, especially when A&E already knew what those views were.
TMZ’s Harvey Levin and blogger Andrew Sullivan, both of whom are gay, also said it was ridiculous for A&E to suspend Robertson in the first place. Frum could not believe Republican politicians actually criticized A&E for suspending Robertson before they reinstated him, and even called Palin, the politician considered to resonate the most with Duck Dynasty nation, an “ambulance chaser” for criticizing A&E.
As Breitbart News reported, establishment Republicans were silent during the ordeal, with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus focusing instead on celebrating Kwanzaa. At the same time, establishment Republicans in the Senate and the House focused on promoting amnesty, which the Congressionnal Budget Office determined would lower the wages of working class Americans, many of whom watch Duck Dynasty regulalry.