• Here’s a New One: The Secret Service is Probably Just Racist

    Just when you thought Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) was starting to do a halfway decent job in tackling the problems of the Secret Service, he has to go ahead and say something ridiculous. Cummings sat down with CBS’s Face the Nation, where he proclaimed that “Eighty-five percent of all African-Americans” he’s spoken to believe the Secret Service is purposely not protecting President Obama to the best of their ability…because he’s a black man.

    I don’t agree with it,” Cummings quickly added. But then, why float it in the first place? Republicans are constantly lambasted for mentioning the questions that have been posed by Birthers about Obama supposedly being born in Kenya. Even if they say similarly that they “don’t agree with it,” they’re still labeled as Birthers for furthering the idea that questions remain. Yet Congressman Cummings is amazingly able to inject something completely toxic into the political discussion while washing his hands of any responsibility for saying it.

    Pointing out that 85 percent of a particular demographic has a particular viewpoint on something and then claiming that you don’t want any part of it seems like a bit of a cop out to me, especially when we’re dealing with something as venomous as racism. It’s great that Cummings wants to dismiss something so ignorant, but he does bare a certain responsibility when he’s the one bringing national attention to it. The idea that the Secret Service has behaved the way it has because it’s full of racists is something that had never even crossed my mind until I heard a sitting senior United States Congressman make hay of it on a national Sunday news program. I don’t know how Cummings arrived at his scientific number of 85 percent, but no black person I’ve spoken to about this has brought it up to me. This is all petty and irresponsible on the part of a Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee who’s actually in a position to help improve problems like this if he chooses to.

    Interestingly, it was Bob Schieffer of CBS who brought the topic up in the first place, and it was up to the Congressman to swat it away. He might have even pointed out that there are plenty of African-American Secret Service agents, which I’m sure there are. Instead, he decided to fan the flames with just a few ridiculous words. Whether he “agrees” with it or not is irrelevant. If you don’t agree with something so clearly insane, don’t give it the added validity of pointing out that 85 percent of people do believe it, especially when that’s not even an actual statistic. In a sense, it’s no different from when he heard Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) blame the problems of the Secret Service on sequestration last week. It’s all one big passive-aggressive way to try and hurt Republicans in an election year. Hey, let’s mention racism here so that voters remember how awful the Tea Party is! We can even blame the GOP for Ebola while we’re at it!

    Look, I like Elijah Cummings; he seems like a nice Democrat. But, you know…85 percent of the people I’ve talked to think he’s kind of a jerk. So…

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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