RUSH: Who’s next? Boston. Steve, glad you called. I’m glad you waited. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, mega dittos. Thanks from the People’s Republic up here.
RUSH: Thank you very much. Great to have you here.
CALLER: I got a question for you, and I was just wondering: Do you think it’s possible for this racial divide with the Trayvon thing is originating from the White House? I mean, could that possibly be?
RUSH: Do I think it’s possible that the racial divide or that the energy, the impetus —
RUSH: — in the racial divide might be coming from the White House?
CALLER: Yeah, as a political means to divide the parties, just like the —
RUSH: What would make you…?
CALLER: — George Stephanopoulos thing with the birth control.
RUSH: What would make you think that, Steve? What possibly?
CALLER: Well, because we haven’t had — Obama is supposed to be the president. He could calm this whole situation down if he just came on and said, “Everybody’s gotta cool it.” Calm down his minions, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and —
RUSH: But he didn’t do that.
CALLER: — Reverend Wright. They’re all coming out of the woodwork.
RUSH: But he didn’t do that.
RUSH: What Obama said was, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” And everybody said, “So?” But that, widely viewed, is stoking it. Then the New Black Panthers came along and offered a bounty, and nobody said anything about that, nobody criticized that. And then yesterday, did you hear about this? Maybe it was this morning, that Eric Holder actually praised Al Sharpton for his work in the Trayvon Martin case. I kid you not. The attorney general called him “Reverend Al,” and praised Reverend Al for his great work in the Trayvon Martin case.
Look, let me speak bluntly here, Steve. You gotta be very, very careful. This is why you should not try this at home. Leave it to the trained specialist like me. There is no question that this is coming from the White House. There is no question that the White House wants this kind of chaos and unrest in the culture. They, for some reason, have determined that it is helpful for Obama’s reelection, because they believe that they can tie all of this to the existence of Republicans and conservatives, that the racial problems exist because of never-ending racism of the right, never-ending racism of Republicans. That’s why George Zimmerman is called in the New York Times a “white Hispanic.” There are people in the race industry who became excited that this event took place, because it allowed them to carry forward with their template, that we still are a nation, essentially, with slaves.
You couple that with what I think is a chip on Obama’s shoulder about the founding of the country, the ingrained discrimination, his anger over it and his opportunity here now to finally make it right. I don’t think there’s any doubt. I think at least we could say this. If in the White House they wanted to cool this down, which they should do, they could do it. All it would take, as you said, would be Obama addressing the nation, to calm this down, and then speaking about it in genuine American terms, not racial terms. If they wanted to do that, they could. Other presidents have. It’s not happening here.
I guarantee you, what everybody’s waiting on now is for this state attorney and her decision. It’s a powder keg waiting to go off. Nobody, that I can see — tell me if I’m wrong — nobody that I see is doing anything to try to make sure that powder keg doesn’t explode whenever this decision is reached, ’cause no matter what the decision is the potential for an eruption is real on either side. I appreciate the call, Steve.
RUSH: Reverend Sharpton’s group held their meeting today. They had a convention in Washington, the National Action Network convention, and Eric Holder, the attorney general, was there, and we have a couple of sound bites. Here’s the first.
HOLDER: Thank you very much, Reverend Al. I appreciate your kind words, and I’m especially grateful for your prayers and for your partnership, your friendship, and also for your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve and the promises, the promises that we must fill.
RUSH: Okay. Here’s the author of the Tawana Brawley hoax being held up on a pedestal by the attorney general of the United States, who thanks him for his prayers, his partnership, his friendship, and his tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless. And the attorney general wasn’t finished.
HOLDER: I know that many of you are greatly and rightly concerned about the recent shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Three weeks ago the Department of Justice launched an investigation into this incident, which remains open at this time and prevents me from talking in detail about this matter. However, in recent weeks Justice Department officials, including assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, Tom Perez, have traveled to Sanford, Florida, to meet with the Martin family, the community, and local authorities. The Justice Department’s peacemakers are continuing to meet with civil rights leaders, law enforcement officers and area residents to address and to help alleviate community tensions.
RUSH: Justice Department peacemakers? That’s a new one. Justice Department peacemakers. Why didn’t he bring in the folks from the UN at the same time? One thing he did, he didn’t mention the New Black Panthers. They’re gonna be ticked. You know, they’re trying to stand up for the voiceless and the powerless and the fearful and the afraid. I know. I know, they’ve got a “Wanted: Dead or Alive” poster. The bounty is still out there from the New Black Panther Party. And the attorney general and his peacemakers from the Department of Justice are on the case in Sanford, Florida, and they made every effort to talk to everybody in this case except I didn’t hear him say that he tried to find or reach out to and speak with the Zimmerman family. Speaking of which, Zimmerman, nobody knows where he is. His lawyer last night held a press conference, audio sound bite 13, let’s hit it.
SONNER: We want to announce today, as of now we’re withdrawing as counsel for Mr. Zimmerman. We’ve lost contact with him. Up to this point, we’ve had contact every day. He’s gone on his own. I’m not sure what he’s doing or who he’s talking to, but at this point we’re withdrawing as counsel. If he wants us to come back as counsel, he will contact us. We had contact as of, I believe, Sunday. In the last couple of days we’ve lost — he has not returned phone calls or text messages or e-mails.
RUSH: Craig Sonner continued. He’s the lawyer.
SONNER: I still believe that he was acting in self-defense that night. Nothing that I’ve said about him or this case has changed in any way. I just can’t proceed to represent a client who doesn’t stay in contact with me.
RUSH: You don’t have to tell everybody that. I mean there’s still attorney-client privilege here. By that has ticked off Alan Dershowitz at Harvard Law. We’ve got the sound bite. I don’t have time for it right now, but he says that he is shocked at the behavior of Zimmerman’s lawyers. But they’re probably scared, too. They’re human beings. They live in Sanford, Florida, their client is Zimmerman. You’d be a little frightened, too, given all that’s going on, the attorney general coming in, holding up and praising Al Sharpton with his peacemakers from the Justice Department. For crying out loud.
RUSH: There is breaking news out there, ladies and gentlemen. “Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face,” but he will be charged by the special prosecutor Angela Corey,” who was appointed by the governor, Rick Scott. She was appointed by the governor. She is a state attorney here in the state of Florida.
She announced yesterday she wasn’t going to take the case to the grand jury, which everybody then raced to assume it meant she was going to charge him. If you’re not gonna charge him, why put the bull’s-eye on your back? You know, let that go to the grand jury. So… (interruption) But nobody knows where Zimmerman is to hang him, Snerdley. Snerdley thinks that Zimmerman will be hung this week. Nobody knows where he is. Greetings. By the way, this is a scoop from the Washington Post. The Washington Post is who has this. It’s their report. It’s up on Drudge now. And just repeating: “George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.”
And the blurb is: “Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.” It isn’t known. On the same day that Eric Holder goes to the National Action Network and praises Al Sharpton for his great work promoting peace and understanding in the community. And the attorney general referred to the “peacekeepers” at the Department of Justice who are also investigating this travesty of justice in Sanford, Florida.
By the way, a story here from our local NBC Eyeball News affiliate: “Community activist Michelle Williams has been going non-stop, talking or just texting on the phone. The hectic day follows the release of audio where Michelle is heard speaking about the Trayvon Martin case. Williams can be heard saying, ‘Let me tell you something, the things that is about to happen to these honkeys, these crackers, these pigs, these pink people, these (beep) people, it has been long overdue,'” unquote. “Michelle Williams is the chief of staff with the local chapter of the New Black Panther Party.
“As a community activist, she has also worked very closely with both the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Tampa Police Department.” Whoever did this report for the local NBC affiliate, Channel 5, said, “I have interviewed Michelle in the past on community issues, and truth be told was shocked to hear such harsh words coming from her so I asked to sit down with her to give her the opportunity to respond. Michelle would not deny that it was her on the recording. She did say what I had heard, and what is now all over the radio and internet, is just a short part of a much longer dialogue where her anger was building over the issue.
“She explained further, with tears in her eyes. ‘I’m angry right now. I’m angry that we don’t have a Justice Department that says “we need to change laws.” I’m angry that we have a Florida Governor that has not made any real statements about this judicial system. I’m tired, John. I’m tired.’ She would go on, ‘That’s not me. That’s not my demeanor. And for something so heart-wrenching that I am watching unfold. I have a 17-year-old son. That could have been my son.'” So again to repeat, “‘Let me tell you something, the things that is about to happen to these honkeys, these crackers, these pigs, these pink people, these (beep) people, it has been long overdue.”
She’s the chief of staff with a local chapter of the New Black Panther Party, and the local NBC reporter says: Oh, she’s been as sweet as pie every time I’ve ever talked to her! She’s just sweetness and light. I don’t know this side of Michelle!
He really is shocked that somebody with the New Black Panther Party would speak this way. Anyway, so that’s that. And as information pours in, we will then pour it back out for you. By the way, the parents of Trayvon Martin were just on MSNBC after speaking at Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, and they called for everybody to respond peacefully to the special prosecutor’s announcement. Everybody just be peaceful about this. So if you’re just joining, if you are a welfare recipient — the kind of person Governor Christie was talking about yesterday — and you’re just now getting up and turning on the radio, the Washington Post says that the special prosecutor, Angela Corey in Florida, will charge George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. We don’t know what the charge will be. Don’t know the nature of the charge.
Grab audio sound bite 15. We played the two sound bites of the lawyer for George Zimmerman, who has now withdrawn, who has pulled out, Craig Sonner. He said: We can’t find Zimmerman, don’t know where he is; we’re no longer his lawyers until he calls us. Dershowitz from Harvard Law was on Piers Morgan Tonight last night on CNN, and Piers Morgan said, “What was your view as a lawyer of what went down today, these lawyers for Zimmerman basically pulling out?”
DERSHOWITZ: I was very upset and very disturbed as a criminal defense lawyer and as somebody who teaches professional responsibility to students. The lawyers can’t say that we can’t reach him, we don’t know where he is, he may or may not be available. He can’t say that he called the prosecution. All of these things are covered either by lawyer-client privilege or by the secrets that lawyers are supposed to keep of their clients. And there’s been no reason why these lawyers should have appeared on television, held press conferences, and disclosed all of this information. All they had to is quietly say, “We’re no longer representing the defendant. Our role in the case is over.”
RUSH: All right. Doesn’t mean much, but still, that’s the view from Harvard Law on the attorneys for George Zimmerman. But again, nobody knows where Zimmerman is. The lawyers don’t know where he is. They say they don’t know where he is; they probably don’t. The Trayvon Martin family and the New Black Panthers are worried that Zimmerman has fled the country. They are worried he will never be found. They are worried that he will never be found and therefore he will never face justice; it won’t happen. That’s what their big fear is, that somebody has helped George Zimmerman to flee the country. Now, if he fled the country, where would he go, Snerdley?
Where do you think he would go? (interruption) Okay, somewhere where “white Hispanics” could blend in. Well, that would be Brazil, and Brazil also does not have an extradition treaty with the United States, plus a lot of hot supermodels come from Brazil. Not that that would matter in this instance. But they do. And so it could well be that that’s where Zimmerman would go if he’s left. Nobody knows where he is. Did you ask me, “Why would he leave?” (laughing) That’s right. That’s right. Why would he leave? Just has a New Black Panther bounty on his head, a “Wanted Dead or Alive” poster out there that the peacekeepers at the Department of Justice have not seen fit to condemn.
A lot of people, a lot of people calling for riots if he’s not arrested. Michelle Williams from the New Black Panther Party is basically talking what’s gonna happen to “the pink people.” That’s right. Obama said, “Yeah, yeah, if I had a son he’d look like Trayvon,” essentially saying, “My son would have been killed.” Yeah, Zimmerman, it might have occurred to him that he’s not safe. You never know.
RUSH: TIME Magazine just tweeted the following. TIME Magazine. Here’s the tweet: “George Zimmerman had more leeway to shoot Trayvon Martin than a US soldier has to shoot insurgents.” Now, what does that mean? George Zimmerman had more leeway to shoot Trayvon Martin than a US soldier has to shoot insurgents. TIME is being purely political and snarky here, but what it probably means is that the rules of engagement — and they were going to give medals for courageous restraint in Afghanistan, where our soldiers purposely didn’t pull the trigger against the enemy if there was the slightest possibility a civilian casualty would occur. They were thinking of medals for this. Courageous restraint. So what, America is more lawless than war? Shooters in America have more leeway than soldiers in a war? And what is the implication? What a rotten country we are? I mean that’s the natural inference from me, given the tweet.
RUSH: Maybe that’s it. Maybe what TIME Magazine is saying with that idiotic tweet of theirs is that if a US soldier in Iraq had shot a terrorist in the way Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, it would have been immediately investigated. That’s probably right. TIME is probably among the legions ticked off that there weren’t immediate charges against Zimmerman and an immediate conviction and an immediate carrying out of the death sentence. But if a soldier had done this in Iraq, why, he’d be investigated and court-martialed and strung up already. No doubt that’s what TIME Magazine meant.
RUSH: Nah, the announcement, of the charges against Zimmerman is at 6 p.m. Beyond that, we’ll have to wait and see.