Al Sharpton can't figure out why some in his radio audience aren't enthusiastic about the upcoming elections and seemingly the Democrats' chances in them. But instead of building his listeners up during his Tuesday show, he chided them for inaction, and used an odd food analogy essentially comparing Democrats to a soup kitchen:
Radioequalizer gives us a transcript of the remarks:
I mean that just doesn’t make sense to me and I’ve heard the arguments and I’ve heard the debate and the discussion and I understand that we didn’t get everything that we wanted yet. But, I just don’t understand that I mean if you hungry and somebody starts feeding you after others wouldn’t give you anything and in fact was taking away your possibility to get something.
Do you take a position unless I get a full seven course meal, I’m not eating anything, or do you start eating because finally because the hunger barrier has been reversed and now we have to build up to a nutritious meal. I mean I just don’t get it. Or maybe I do.
Radioequalizer also points out that Sharpton "violated the first rule of talk hosting: never turn against the audience. Never, never, never." After questioning how some could think they have the "luxury" of deciding whether or not they should be involved "in anything and everything that can help you," Sharpton continues the assault on his listeners:
Maybe some people just don’t want to do nothing, no matter what. Just sit down and complain let everybody else do the hard lifting for them. Maybe I do get it. Maybe a lot of you just won’t face that you're part of that.
Chastising voters has been popular as of late. Vice President Biden recently told supporters to "buck up" and "stop whining," and yesterday called a room full of donors "the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to.” In this month's issue of Rolling Stone, President Obama says the idea that "people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.” And last week John Kerry joined the choir when he said that voters are easily swayed by “simple slogans.”