Over the past week, I have received several messages taunting me over Donald Sterling, the well-known racist and owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. Readers want to know why I don’t point out this racist “Democrat.” There is no quetion that Sterling’s comments were racist so let’s start with the recording that started it all:
I did not post this video on this website before because I don’t consider Donald Sterling to be a political figure and that is the primary focus of this blog. However, in response to the Cliven Bundy facepalm, the Conservative Media put Sterling on my radar.
The headlines started coming out on some major right wing political websites and blogs:
“LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling is a Racist Democrat”– The Tea Party News Network
“Report: Clippers Owner Caught In Racist Rant Is A Democratic Donor” – Fox Nation
“Donald Sterling made donations to Dems” – Politico
“Media Ignoring Dem Donations of LA Clippers’ Owner, Allegedly Caught on Tape in Race-Based Rant” – NewsBusters
“NBA Sterling is a Democrat…” – The Drudge Report
“Race Hate Spewing Clippers Owner Is Democratic Donor” – The Daily Caller
Rush Limbaugh went off on a tirade about it on Monday saying, “This guy is a big Democrat… The only reason he is in trouble right now is that he did not give enough money to Obama.” He then went on to rant about Sterling being “a typical Hollywood Democrat” and a litany of other textbook Limbaugh hyperbole.
So NOW they have my attention. Apparently it’s very important that these websites point out a Democratic racist to help soothe the burning of the wound caused by their frantic embrace of Cliven Bundy. The world must know that this Democrat is a racist too!
Except they got one thing wrong… Donald Sterling is a registered Republican in Los Angeles County and has been for over 18 years.
On Sunday, Michael Hiltzik, columnist for the Los Angeles Times, tweeted that local voter records show Sterling to be a registered Republican since 1998. Mother Jones followed up and did a search of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s website for Sterling’s name, date of birth, and address confirmed that he’s registered as a Republican.
Again, the Conservative Media got it wrong. They jumped at a chance to paint a “Democrat” as a racist just because Sterling made a small contribution to Grey Davis and one to Bill Bradley over 15 years ago. They thought that they could just shout out “Democrat!” and no one would check them on that. The rest of the media was prepared to not even bother with checking his political party affiliation but, because of the noise they made, the facts came out. Well known racist Donald Sterling is indeed a Republican.
Keep your mouth shut, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh, and you’ll stop helping me point out that Republicans are Racists.