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Congressman Apologizes for Using "M-Word"

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RUSH: Let's go to the floor of the House. African-American Hank Johnson, Democrat from Georgia, had some comments Wednesday.

JOHNSON: Put 30 midgets in with the giant and the midgets then have a chance collectively. And so that is how the situation has unfolded here in America. Seventy-five years ago, almost 75 years ago, Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act which helps to protect American workers' rights to organize and negotiate the terms of employment with corporations. The midgets get a chance to speak with one voice to the giant.

RUSH: This is well-known mental giant Hank Johnson, Georgia Democrat, complaining about the "midgets" having no chance with the giants. Now, apparently his use of the word "midget..." It's now the M-word, by the way. Can't say it. His use of the word is now socially unacceptable, and he had to go back to the House floor and try again.

JOHNSON: Last night, I used an analogy that some find offensive, and I certainly was not meaning to be offensive or use a derogatory term.

RUSH: Okay.

JOHNSON: You know, everybody knows what the N-word is. We don't say the N-word. We refer to that word as the N-word. I had never heard of the M-word. Through my discovery, just within the last 12 hours or so, I have found that the use of the midget -- excuse me, the use of the M-word -- is no longer socially acceptable. Now, the M-word refers to a group of people, the little people.

RUSH: And in some cases, we're talking about their brains, Hank. There are many mental midgets. You may be one! They permeate throughout our society. Little people. The M-word. He didn't know. He didn't know that to say the word "midget" was a pejorative. Hank, you might want to go see the movie Django. The N-word is used like a thousand times in that movie.

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RUSH: We have two Hank Johnson bites. He continued here, elaborated on his midget controversy -- M-word controversy -- for his low-information constituents.

JOHNSON: I'm not talking about the 47%. I'm not talking about the takers instead of the makers, as some would describe them. I'm not talking about the middle class, working people, poor people, working-poor people. That's not what is meant by the little people term. It really refers to medical condition. Dwarfism is the name of that medical condition, and sometimes, I guess, one can even say "abnormally small" people, abnormally small people -- which, to me, is... I like that term better than "dwarfism."

RUSH: There you have it, folks. Abnormally small people, midget, medical conditions, insulting. Here's Hank Johnson, March 25th of 2010. You might remember this.

JOHNSON: This is a island that at its widest level is, what, 12 miles from shore to shore and at its smallest level -- smallest location -- it's seven miles between one shore and the other. My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and -- and capsize.

ADMIRAL ROBERT WILLARD: We don't anticipate that.

RUSH: Afraid of the island capsizing. If you populate it with midgets it's less weight and it wouldn't happen.

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By the way, I don't know if you know this or not.  A midget is about 47% of the size of an average person.  We ran the numbers on it.  I'm gonna call Hank Johnson's office so that he knows, 'cause that island he was worried about tipping over with too many people, as I say, if you populate the island with midgets, it would weigh less.  They're 47% of the average person, and in that way, you might save the island. 

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