Yes, there definitely must be something in the air, as key Democrats seem to be coming apart at the seams lately with a string of rants directed against Republicans. This week alone there has been a kind of explosion of such tirades. Following suit, Rev. Al Sharpton also had his own bona fide meltdown after someone called in to the radio segment on which Sharpton appeared to slam the reverend for allegedly propagating lies about the debt ceiling.
The caller, who told Sharpton that he had marched for him and voted for then presidential candidate Barack Obama, told Sharpton that he was "deceiving" people about Social Security.
"Social Security has nothing to do with raising the debt ceiling," the caller said. The caller said that Social Security comes out of people's taxes and is set aside for that purpose, hence, Obama would indeed be able to cover Social Security payments.
Sharpton responded by alleging that a government default would make it so that the President might not have enough money to "cover" all his "bills," Social Security being one of them. The caller then criticized Sharpton for not "clarifying" his stance to the American people and told the reverend that some of what he was saying about Social Security "is false."
That's when the already agitated Sharpton really started to lose his cool, slamming the caller for "misleading" people with "double talk."
But the caller fought back, scolding Sharpton for "cutting him off," all the while pressing Sharpton to let the people know "the truth." The caller told the reverend he needed to tell people the "repercussions of raising this debt" and accused the reverend of failing to do so.
The irate Sharpton eventually accused the caller flat-out of "lying," claiming a government default had "nothing to do" with what the caller was talking about.
"You don't know what you're talking about," slammed Sharpton. "You are running a lot of rhetoric."
Listen to Sharpton's rant below:
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