Editor’s note: This post contains graphic language and disturbing themes.
In an over-the-top and vile attack on Sarah Palin on Friday, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir argued that the former Alaska governor is an “outstanding candidate” to receive the same horrific “dose of discipline” that a slave endured in the 1700s.
The “discipline” included being flogged with “eating kanes” and having a slave defecate in another slave’s mouth. Bashir was responding to a slavery analogy Palin made when talking about the implications of American debt.
Dubbing Palin as America’s “resident dunce” and a “world class idiot,” Bashir read some excerpts from the diary of a man named Thomas Thislewood, “who kept copious notes for 39 years” about the insidious punishment doled out to slaves.
“What is most shocking about Thistlewood’s diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but is the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime,” Bashir said. “In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby ‘catched eating kanes had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-*-t in his mouth.’”
The punishment became known as “Darby’s Dose,” the MSNBC host explained.
“And he mentions a similar incident in 1756, his time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch: ‘Flogged punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper, made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth,’” Bashir continued.
Finally, he got to his underlying message — that if anyone is qualified for such treatment, it’s Palin.
“When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate,” he concluded.
Newsbusters caught the MSNBC video: