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Rick Perry Gets Slammed for Comparing Civil Rights to Tax Cuts

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Uploaded on Aug 24, 2011

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.

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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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