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Powell's Ex-Chief of Staff Says Rush and Cheney Incite Violence

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RUSH: Those of you who work at AIG who are perhaps recipients of the bonus and whose names are now being sought, as well as how much you earn, I would like you to listen to this. CNN is airing calls from people who are actually making death threats to AIG employees. This is not live. They chose to air this. This is taped, so they wanted to air this. This happened on CNN Newsroom with Rick Sanchez. Plays a call that they got at CNN from Angry Bob in New York.

ANGRY BOB: Those AIG bums, hey, I'm going to tell you something, did you hear what they did to the melamine guys in China who spiked the milk with poison? Up against the wall! So I think we should get all the AIG guys bonuses in the form of full metal jackets. Enough with these guys! We've gotta tear 'em apart! America first and rich and obnoxious people second.

RUSH: Thank you, CNN. CNN airing this kind of anger and hysteria to create further chaos. I would venture to say that this is irresponsible. It's hate speech. Full-fledged, 100% hate speech, and there's CNN eagerly airing this, which of course can create copycats. However, let's go to MSNBC last night. Does the name Lawrence Wilkerson, Larry Wilkerson ring a bell, ladies and gentlemen? Does it to you, Mr. Snerdley? H.R., the name Larry Wilkerson? Colin Powell's former chief of staff at Foggy Bottom, secretary of State. Question to Lawrence Wilkerson on MSNBC last night: "You're taking on a guy who notoriously chews people up and spits 'em out in bureaucrat fights and in political fights, but I have to ask you why you feel like it's important to do that right now. He's out of power. I mean he's still, you know, doing interviews, making comments on current policy. Why go after him now?" He's talking about Dick Cheney. "Why are you going after Cheney? Cheney eats people up, chews 'em out, what are you going after Cheney for?"

WILKERSON: I started to begin to be concerned about when John McCain and Sarah Palin were campaigning. I saw the fringe of the McCain rallies, and I didn't like what I saw. It frightened me. And I think people like Rush Limbaugh and now Dick Cheney, former vice president, as you've pointed out and as everyone knows, are doing some of that fearmongering, too. This is not good. There are some crazy people in this country. There are Unabombers, there are Lee Harvey Oswalds, there are Sirhan Sirhans and these are the kind of people that listen to this kind of fearmongering, and it's dangerous, and so someone's gotta start talking out about it.

RUSH: So Lawrence Wilkerson, the chief of staff for Colin Powell at the State Department said last night on MSNBC that Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are encouraging the Unabombers, the Lee Harvey Oswalds, and the Sirhan Sirhans out there. They're all leftists, exactly right, these are all left-wing assassins! Whose book did the Unabomber have in the shack? Algore's book! Lee Harvey Oswald got his training where? Communist Russia! Sirhan Sirhan, politically incorrect to say "Muslim" right now, also politically incorrect to say "Palestinian" right now, but some have the courage to do so. These are left-wing assassins and Lawrence Wilkerson on MSNBC last night accusing me and Cheney of encouraging kook balls like this. I'm surprised he left out Charles Manson. In the meantime, CNN is playing, encouraging violent phone calls from angry New Yorkers over AIG bonuses.

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RUSH: Larry Wilkerson, it's not me telling the American people who to hate based on how much they earn. And, by the way, I have a quote here from October 2004, the UK Guardian and columnist Charlie Brooker, and he said, "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr. -- where are you now that we need you?" parentheses: to assassinate George W. Bush.

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RUSH: While all this is going on, we've got guys like Larry Wilkerson on MSNBC last night claiming that it's Dick Cheney and me who are stoking crazy people who may have tendencies toward violence. Again let me read to you, October 2004, the UK Guardian, columnist Charlie Brooker asked the following question. "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr.-- where are you now that we need you? On November 2, the entire civilized world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod's law dictates he'll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr.-- where are you now that we need you?" So you had a columnist UK Guardian actually longing for the assassination of George W. Bush. There were movies about Bush's assassination, books about it, how to do it, and we were told, "Well, this is a little extreme, but we must examine the art, the literary attempt here, we must get to the bottom of just what the artist is trying to say." We were told all this. Meanwhile, CNN plays tapes, callers to their network threatening to harm and perhaps kill people that work at AIG.

Mr. Wilkerson, it's not me telling the American people to hate their fellow citizens based on how much they earn, or what line of work they're in. That would be your friends, Mr. Wilkerson. It's not me dividing America based on race and age and wealth. That would be your friends, Mr. Wilkerson. It's not me reaching out to mass murdering regimes throughout the world. That would be your friends, Mr. Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson, you worked for a failed secretary of State, and thus he is a failed aide to a failed secretary of State. That's what you are, Mr. Wilkerson, a failure. And the failures and losers who have worked in Republican administrations always find voice on MSNBC, don't they? And they end up spewing hate and division 24/7. That's you, Mr. Wilkerson. And, yes, since we're back to failure, let me again assert something I said yesterday. I am hoping that Obama's teleprompter fails as well.

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