Rick Perry Gets Slammed for Comparing Civil Rights to Tax Cuts





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Footage captured by American Bridge 21st Century provided the inspiration for a segment on the Ed Show about Rick Perry's thoughtless comparison of the civil rights movement to the fight for lower taxes.

This segment was aired on August 23, 2011.


ED SCHULTZ: Welcome back to the Ed Show, and thanks for watching tonight. Okay, a couple of stories relating to Rick Perry, now, the governor of Texas. He keeps on hitting them out of the park, doesn't he? In his latest far-fetched remarks, he actually tries to connect the civil rights movement to the fight for low taxes. He was campaigning in Rock Hill, South Carolina, when a reporter said the town was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Friendship Nine sit-in, an important part of the nation's civil rights movement. Perry was asked to comment on it.

PERRY: Listen, America's gone a long way, standpoint of civil rights and thank God we have. I mean we've gone from a country's that made great strides in issues of civil rights. I think we all can be proud of that. And as we go forward, America needs to be about freedom. It needs to be about freedom from overtaxation, freedom from over-litigation, freedom from over-regulation. And Americans regardless of what their cultural or ethnic background is they need to know that they can come to America and you got a chance to have any dream come true because the economic climate is gonna be improved.

ED SCHULTZ: The guy is no doubt smooth. You can't deny it. Maybe Perry didn't know about the Friendship Nine sit-in, but 50 years ago, a group of African-Americans went to jail after refusing to leave a segregated lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina. But Perry did know it was a question about the nation's civil rights movement, and he chose to connect it with the Republican obsession with taxes, regulations and trial lawyers. Nice one, Perry.

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