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The Left Throws a Temper Tantrum Over the Zimmerman Verdict

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RUSH:  Hey, there's a protest.  I see it.  I'm looking at it. It's a... No, sorry.  It's in Egypt.  Never mind.  It's a bunch of people protesting for Morsi.  I had a dream last night. I had the craziest dream in the world.  Wait 'til you hear this dream, folks.  I had a dream that the president, Barack Obama, decided to promote racial healing by reaching out and appointing Zimmerman to replace Janet Napolitano. 

I woke up with a start, and I said, "Whoa, what is this?"  It was like a cross between a dream and a nightmare.  Of course it would never, ever happen.  Obviously it would never, ever happen.  But I thought, "What in the world made me dream this?" and I remembered, Snerdley, that we were sitting here speculating on Friday about the trial and the reaction to the trial.  Let's just go back.  Grab audio sound bite number one.  Let's just review the points that I made about this on Friday's big program.

RUSH ARCHIVE: It's hard to predict what's gonna happen.  (interruption) Well, Monday or Friday, what difference does a day make to a rioter?  No, no.  Big difference.  Even if you get media coverage of your riot on Saturday, it's not as impactful as on a Monday or Tuesday. ... This, they're just hoping.  I mean, as I say, they haven't had any real good riots since Rodney King.  They're long overdue. (interruption) What are you shaking your head at in there, Dawn?  You think that's not true?  The media, I'm talking about the media needs them.  I don't want any riots, don't misunderstand.  From the media perspective, we haven't had a good riot in this country in I don't know how long.  A riot is an opportunity for the media to show how unjust and unfair, basically how sucky the country is, and there hasn't been that chance.

RUSH:  So we were talking about, if a verdict comes on Saturday, what is the impact gonna be versus if a verdict came today or Tuesday.  The verdict came late Saturday night, and I don't think that's a coincidence.  Late Saturday. I was stunned. I gotta tell you something, folks.  I was surprised.  I really was.  All during the day and evening I had people asking my opinion. People do that all the time.

 

 They ask me what I think about everything, and I told 'em I expected some sort of a guilty verdict.  I mean, it was all there.  You had six female jurors, you had race, you had the president involved, you had a community scared to death of what'll happen if there's a not-guilty verdict, emotion-over-common sense evidence, all this kind of thing.  When that verdict came down, I wasn't even watching TV at the time.  I was notified by virtue of somebody sending me an e-mail or a text, I forget which.

So then I turned on the TV and started reading.  I was stunned, and then I looked at the time.  "It's almost near midnight here," and then I started looking at the pictures on TV.  There was nobody there. The crowds at the courthouse were very tiny, and Fox didn't have anybody there. Poor Harris Faulkner had to anchor the thing for an hour by herself before they were able to roust any of their experts out of bed (or the bars, wherever they were on late Saturday night) and get 'em in there. 

And then I saw Geraldo.

They went to Geraldo right away and I said, "Uh-oh! The Grim Reaper. Something's happened if they've got Geraldo." As it turns out, Geraldo was just the first one out of bed.  I mean, nobody was prepared for this to happen on Saturday.  I think that there... We will never know, probably, but I just find it difficult to think that there was a coincidence that the verdict was announced late on a Saturday when nobody was really expecting it to happen, and it might have been a rather smart thing to do.

But, you know, I'm watching all of the leftists react to this, and there are some vigils going on, and there are some... maybe you'd call them rallies and so forth.  You know, I got the impression... I really believe this. If you look at the people unhappy with this -- and maybe I'm dead wrong about this. But no matter where you go -- CNN, MSNBC, some of the blogs. Of course we had the NFL players tweeting on this.

But they're just... I don't know. Their heart doesn't seem to be fully invested in this thing.  And as a result, the media is doing everything it can to fire up emotions.  Every picture of Trayvon Martin that we see, he gets younger and younger.  I fully expect that before the end of the week, somebody will find a picture of him in diapers to put up there.  But look at it this way.  There was a story at Business Insider on Sunday about thousands protesting the Zimmerman trial verdict, and they'd taken over Times Square. 

There were a lot of people there.  So I tuned in to it, and I just got the impression that I don't think these people really care so much about Trayvon Martin.  I think what we're looking at here is a... Remember Peter Jennings, after the Republicans won the House in 1994?  What did he call it?  Ah, the public had a "temper tantrum." The kids had a temper tantrum.  And in a way, this is sort of the way I see this.  The liberals out there were having a little temper tantrum, because they didn't get their way.

 But, really, folks, how often are they on the losing end of anything anymore?  They're getting gay marriage.  They got Obamacare.  They've got Obama.  I mean, if the mob wishes to impose something, it happens.  The left really isn't losing anything.  This verdict is not part of a string of defeats for the left.  It is an interruption in a string of victory after victory, profound victory after victory after victory.  So these are people that, the past four or five years, have been used getting their way on whatever it is.

Gay marriage, immigration, you name it, they are getting their way.  Massive health care entitlement.  So here comes a little burp in the whole process, and for once, they're on the losing end of something. (interruption) Yeah, like gun control.  This and gun control are two of the things that they still haven't been able to impose on people.  That's what my point is.  If they don't like a voter-approved initiative such as in California, they get it overturned.

They find a judge who will proclaim it's unconstitutional, and while all this happens, the Republicans dutifully roll over and play dead and all this.  So their attitude, I think, is, "How dare a jury not comply? How dare a jury deny us what we want?" I think these protests are more about that than they are about the fate of Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, 'cause when you get right down to it, Zimmerman is not a white guy. 

The whole effort here to make this a racial thing really hasn't been on firm ground.  Zimmerman is biracial.  So they call him a "white Hispanic" in an effort to gin up the racial aspect, but they just weren't able to, at the end of the day.  They tried, and I think that's what they're really ticked off about.  They know if they had been able to really make this a racial hate crime, then they would have gotten the verdict they wanted. 

But they weren't able to.

They weren't able to convince people that this really was an event governed by the institutional racism and bigotry and near slavery of this country.  And, as such, they're just having a temper tantrum.  I mean, there are real, real crimes where real black people are being slaughtered in American cities, and they don't raise a syllable of protest about it.  Chicago comes to mind, but there are other cities of course. 

But this was a hopeful event, hopeful in the sense that the media and the progressives looked at it as another chance to make the case that this country's unjust and immoral, but they really didn't have the recipe with full-fledged pure ingredients, because Zimmerman isn't a white guy.  He is Hispanic and, as such, is part of a minority.  I mean, calling Zimmerman a "white Hispanic" would be no different than calling Obama a "white African-American," in the sense that they are both biracial. 

Now, because they didn't get their way for one of the few times recently, that's why you hear all these people making noise about the DOJ moving in now.  CNN won't let this go.  MSNBC is a disaster.  The Zimmerman camp is actually thinking of suing NBC for defamation and a number of other things, and that would be fascinating, if they try that.  Grab sound bites 20 and 21.  This goes back to February of 2012, February 26th. 

The two dates involved are February 26, 2012 and March 27th of 2012.  You may have forgotten this, but this will be instantly memorable for you.  On February 26th, here's the unedited, in-context tape of the 911 call between Zimmerman and a police dispatcher shortly before Trayvon Martin was shot. In fact, replay 21 first.  Let's move forward to March.  Let's do that.  Let's play NBC's version of this tape, the edited version of the 911 call.  This is on the Today show, March 27th of 2012.

ZIMMERMAN:  This guy looks like he's up to no good. ...  He looks black.

RUSH:  This is one of the reasons why the Zimmerman camp is thinking of suing NBC.  That is not what really happened on the tape -- and if you recall, NBC went through the motions of firing somebody.  This was the Miami NBC bureau where the tape, the 911 tape, was altered.  Here is what really happened...

ZIMMERMAN:  This guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something.  It's raining, and he's just walking around looking about.

DISPATCHER:  Okay.  This guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?

ZIMMERMAN:  He looks black.

RUSH:  So Zimmerman didn't offer one thing about Trayvon Martin's race 'til he was asked.  The dispatcher was asking him for a description.  "This guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?"  Zimmerman says, "He looks black."  That here again, sound bite 21. This is what NBC did with that. ...

ZIMMERMAN:  This guy looks like he's up to no good. ...  He looks black.

RUSH: So that's why I said all last week, the media's been fully invested here in a guilty verdict, and they attempted to shape the jury pool.  This is actionable stuff, if you ask me, what NBC did.  It's not the first time that NBC has engaged in this kind of chicanery.  Of course NBC says, "Ah, somebody was overzealous in there. We got time constraints on the Today show, and he took the 911 tape and edited down to make it fit in our time constraint and got a little overzealous." 

No, no, no, no. 

Somebody knew what they were doing when they cut this. Somebody knew exactly what they were doing when they cut this, and it was somebody that had the authority and the power to do it when they did it -- and there's a culture at NBC.  Something like this did not happen unless there's a culture at the place.  I mean, every business has a culture.  Fox News has a culture.  You know what it is.  McDonald's has culture. 

NBC, as it turns out -- and most of the rest of the media -- have cultures, too.  So NBC was clearly doing everything it could (this is just one example of what they did) to shape this into a crime that it wasn't.  I think I know what happened here.  I think I know what went down. There's a fascinating piece, by the way, that I'll get to in a minute. Robert Stacy McCain is writing in the American Spectator today, and the headline is: "How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin's Death." 

This is a column by, again, Robert Stacy McCain, who goes back and details some of the real crimes Trayvon Martin committed as a kid, as a student, that were overlooked and went unpunished -- and, as such, had an impact in creating in his mind what he could get away with and what he couldn't.  It all matters.  And then this neighborhood. This neighborhood where this happened is, I think, a fascinating place within the context now of the US economy and what was going on in this neighborhood for weeks prior to this event. 

And why Zimmerman... Why they even had a Neighborhood Watch, and why Zimmerman wanted to be part of it.  These were people in this neighborhood... These are people that had worked hard enough to actually have homes in places that, to them, were a really nice neighborhood as far as they were concerned. They'd worked hard to get there and they wanted desperate to hold onto it.  Like everybody in this economy has been desperate to hold onto what they've got, as this economy becomes weaker and weaker and job opportunities vanish along with the opportunity to economically improve oneself and one's family.

As those chances dwindle, all kinds of pressure is created to hold onto what you've got, including not let criminals come into the neighborhood and destroy it, or steal it, or what have you.  It all creates a heightened tension for everybody.  I think this whole event is much more involved, detailed (nuanced, if you will), than the way the media has attempted to construct it for people.  They've pared it down to what they think is the simplest thing in the world people understand -- racism -- 'cause they believe the country still is. 

So they didn't get their jury, and now they're having their little temper tantrum. They didn't get what they want, and they're used to getting what they want the last five years. No matter what, no matter how, they're used to getting it -- and they didn't get it in this case.  They couldn't do a John Roberts on this jury, and apparently they were unable to do a John Roberts on this judge. They thought they had it in the bag, I think. They thought they were gonna get their way. 

They didn't.

So now they're out there acting like little kids having a temper tantrum.

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RUSH: The Reverend Jackson, ladies and gentlemen, did you hear what he said?  'Cause I'm telling you, the way to look at this is the left, the liberals are having a temper tantrum over not getting their way.  They're winning everything, folks. They're getting everything they want, except gun control. 

And as of yesterday, they haven't gotten amnesty, but they haven't lost amnesty yet, either.  They think they're on the road to getting that.  They're winning everything. They got Obama in the Oval Office -- and whatever Obama wants to do, they're doing.  They've got gay marriage, everything they want.  They didn't get this.  I don't really think they care that much about Trayvon Martin.  They didn't know Trayvon Martin. 

What this is, is just... It's a temper tantrum over not having gotten their way when, in this case, I think they fully expected to.  The noted media critic analyst, Bernard Goldberg, has a new column on this.  Let me read to you an excerpt from Bernie's piece. "The single biggest reason the trial got so much attention is because it played into a narrative, a false one to be sure, but one that many blacks and many white liberals love to perpetuate.

"It's the Great American Drama about how white people get away with not only oppressing black people, but even get away with killing them. Isn't that what Tavis Smiley meant when he said, 'For many Americans [the verdict] is another piece of evidence of the incontrovertible contempt that this nation often shows and displays for black men.'

"Someone needs to tell Mr. Smiley," writes Bernie here, "the Reverend Sharpton, the civil rights establishment and white liberals both in and out of the media that we are no longer living in 1955 Mississippi. If there is a crime involving two races today, the victim is most likely going to be white and the criminal is most likely going to be black -- not the other way around. That may be one more thing polite people aren't supposed to say out loud -- and certainly not in public." 

That's Bernard Goldberg in his latest column about all this.  The Reverend Jackson said that the problem here was that Trayvon Martin did not have "a jury of his peers."  Now, off the top of your head, what's wrong with that? (interruption) That's exactly right.  Good.  Somebody on my staff knew.  Trayvon Martin wasn't on trial!  It was Zimmerman who is guaranteed by our Constitution a jury of his peers, not Trayvon Martin. 

Trayvon Martin wasn't on trial. 

But this comment, when I heard it made by the Reverend Jackson, is exactly why I believe these people are in the middle of having a temper tantrum.  They just didn't get their way, and whatever it takes to get their way -- even if it means ignoring the Constitution or pretending it's not there -- they'll do it!  And this attempt to sway people's opinions by saying that somehow, because there weren't any blacks on the jury, that Trayvon Martin didn't get justice?

When Trayvon wasn't on trial? 

I guess nobody is going to have the temerity to point out that Reverend Jackson's an idiot and doesn't know what he's talking about, probably because he knows exactly what he's doing when he says this.  I have another brief time-out.  When we come back, two pieces I mentioned. First, Robert Stacy McCain on Trayvon Martin's history in school, and I've got some random thoughts about this whole Sanford, Florida, so-called "gated community" neighborhood-type thing. I think that's a relevant aspect of what happened here and why. 

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RUSH: Robert Stacy McCain has a piece at the American Spectator on the Trayvon Martin case: "How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin's Death -- The February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin might never have happened if school officials in Miami-Dade County had not instituted an unofficial policy of treating crimes as school disciplinary infractions. Revelations that emerged from an internal affairs investigation explain why Martin was not arrested when caught at school with stolen jewelry in October 2011 or with marijuana in February 2012.

"Instead, [Martin] was suspended from school, the last time just days before he was shot dead by George Zimmerman.  Trayvon Martin was not from Sanford... Martin was from Miami Gardens, more than 200 miles away, and had come to Sanford to stay with his father's girlfriend Brandy Green at her home in the townhouse community where Zimmerman was in charge of the neighborhood watch. Trayvon was staying with Green after he had been suspended for the second time in six months from Krop High School in Miami-Dade County, where both his father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, lived."  

But he was suspended, so he left town and went up to Sanford to stay with his father's girlfriend.  Now, Mr. McCain says here, "Both of Trayvon's suspensions during his junior year at Krop High involved crimes that could have led to his prosecution as a juvenile offender. However, Chief Charles Hurley of the Miami-Dade School Police Department (MDSPD) in 2010 had implemented a policy that reduced the number of criminal reports, manipulating statistics to create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system.

"Less than two weeks before Martin's death, the school system commended Chief Hurley for 'decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60% for the last six months of 2011.' What was actually happening was that crimes were not being reported as crimes, but instead treated as disciplinary infractions." So what you had here was a bureaucracy that was intent on making itself look good, and they were playing games with numbers. 

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So real crimes would be committed by students, not just Trayvon, and rather than being categorized as such they were just pushed over here into another column on the spreadsheet that said "disciplinary actions."  So, at the end of the day, these reports made it look like that the school district and superintendent had really started kicking butt on crimes in the schools and had really reduced it, when they hadn't whatsoever. 

The upshot is that criminal activity wasn't punished.

It was barely even disciplined.

And so the perpetrators were never held to account, nor did they ever have to come to grips with the severity of their actions. 

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RUSH:  So think about it.  In some schools you get thrown out for a long time for just drawing a picture of a gun.  But in Miami-Dade, you can commit real crimes and the school will cover-up for you to make their stats look better. 

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RUSH:  Man, I tell you, folks, this is just -- I don't know -- frustrating, maddening.  There seems to be no bottom. We just keep sinking and sinking. I keep thinking we're gonna hit the bottom and start bouncing back up.  All of the cable networks are waiting with bated breath on Eric Holder.  Eric Holder is going to make remarks, gonna make a speech at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a black sorority in Washington. 

They're celebrating their one hundredth anniversary. That's the Delta Sigma Thetas, not to be confused with the Alpha Cow Omoogas.  This is Delta Sigma Theta, and Holder's gonna show up for the hundredth anniversary, and the media is just waiting with bated breath because what Holder has to say here is so important. He might announce the Department of Justice's intentions to go after George Zimmerman!

And he might not.

But he might!

He might say the DOJ's gonna go after Zimmerman with all they've got.

Or he might not. 

But they're all waiting with bated breath to cut away from normal programming at a moment's notice.  Apparently what Holder is going to say is so important that he couldn't wait until tomorrow to say it.  Tomorrow he's gonna speak to the NAALCP's annual convention in Orlando, which is just a stone's throw from Sanford, Florida.  So tomorrow Holder speaks to the NAALCP, and in just a moment to Delta Sigma Theta as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. 

Back to Robert Stacy McCain.  His point is if Trayvon Martin had been properly handled when committing crimes as a junior at Krop High School, rather than treated it as a disciplinary problem in either of the incidents... He stole jewelry in October of 2011. He wasn't arrested. He was caught at school with marijuana in February of 2012. He was suspended from school in both cases, and the point here is this:

Mr. McCain said, "Either of those incidents could have put Trayvon Martin into the custody of the juvenile justice system. However, because of Chief Hurley's attempt to reduce the school crime statistics," Trayvon Martin was not properly handled or dealt with and a number of things result from that.  He was not prosecuted. Therefore he was, in his mind, able to escape. He was not gonna be held accountable, and it all went to creating an attitude. 

So that take is at the American Spectator. 

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