Skip to comments.Sharpton to Bill Clinton: 'Shut Up'
Posted on 01/28/2008 12:19:35 PM PST by seanmerc
ABC News' Rick Klein Reports: Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday weighed in on the raging debate inside the Democratic Party over former President Bill Clinton's advocacy on behalf of his wife's campaign, with two choice words for the former president: "Shut up."
On ABC's "The View," Sharpton said voters are hearing "race charges, race-tinged rhetoric" in the Democratic primary campaign, and called on the former president to cease.
"I think it's time for him to just be quiet," said Sharpton, who was a Democratic presidential candidate in 2004. "I think it's time for him to stop. As one of the most outspoken people in America, there's a time to shut up, and I think that time has come."
Sharpton didn't say which comments in particular bothered him. But many Democrats were particularly upset that the former president made an explicit comparison of Obama's campaign to Jesse Jackson's victories in South Carolina in 1984 and 1988, in an apparent attempt to explain why his wife didn't win the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
For his part, Jackson told The New York Times that he wasn't bothered by the comparison. Still, he told the newspaper that he had spoken to both Obama and President Clinton over the weekend, and told both to "take it to a higher ground."
At this point, the Clintons can’t say anything without blacks accusing them of being racist.
Ol’ Al may want to heed his own words or a certain someone may shut him up permanently.
Does this mean, Bill isn’t the ‘First Black President’ after all?
Al will still support the beast after this dies down .
XXX-42, keep on talking. When you're in a hole, the only way out is to keep digging.
Clinton, and most Democrats ARE racist.
They believe that people with colored skin are inferior and can’t make it in our country without help from some benevolent whiteys.
Exactly, and to not select Obama as her running mate would be racist. (if she were to win the nomination...)
This reminds me of those animal documentaries where different hunters and scavengers approach a fresh kill.
More and more show up and they all start fighting and it gets really tense with thr different standoffs.
The clintons are being told to back down by the very ones that rode them to power.
As sure as the sun comes up in the morning, as sure as bears s___ in the woods, 'ol Slick ain't never gonna be quiet...
If he stops making racist comments, does that mean he is no longer a racist?
Jesse Jackson telling someone to take things to a higher ground. Now that IS rich.
does it really matter? bill could use a 6 letter word to describe obama and his wife still will get 90% of the black vote.
Hey Al, put your money where your big mouth is. Drag Bubba through the coals like you did Imus.
It would be fun to watch.
Toni Morrison, the originator of the "first black president" description of XXX-42, has endorsed Obama for president. I guess even she is ashamed she said that about XXX-42.
Very true. LOL. They are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.
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