Harry Belafonte, known most prominently for being the "King of Calypso," and for producing such well-known songs as "Day O" and "Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright," has a long track record of credibility-straining, Left-wing activism. He's especially notable for his outsized admiration of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who Belafonte commended in 2006 for taking on the "greatest terrorist in the world," namely former President George W. Bush.
And apparently, Belafonte thinks his other Left-leaning idol, current President Barack Obama, could stand to learn a few things from Chavez's example (or someone like him). Speaking on Al Sharpton's show on MSNBC this week, Belafonte made a strange suggestion about where Obama might want to go with his Presidential powers.
"What fascinates me is that in the face of millions of Americans expressing their desire, the whole political establishment defining its game, that there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people, who're still trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama, and I don't know what more they want. The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and put all these people in jail. They're violating the American desire!" Belafonte said.
Granted, the tone Belafonte took during the final section implied that the comment might have been a joke, but with a supporter of actual third world dictators, one never knows. In any case, it is less than clear what Belafonte means by the "American desire," though his "infestation of really corrupt people" seems an obvious reference to the "right wing" Sharpton mentions when setting up the response.
Watch Belafonte's full comments below, courtesy of Gateway Pundit: