Hoyer derides MN radio host for calling Dems "commies"
April 13, 2010 — 12:36pm
At least a few heads turned last week when KTLK radio host Chris Baker told a room of Michele Bachmann supporters that Democrats were a "lying, thieving ... bunch of commies."
One of them was Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House of Representatives.
In his weekly meeting with reporters today, Hoyer said he was “very, very concerned and disappointed” by Baker's comment, which was made during Bachmann's rally with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin last Wednesday, according to Politico.
“I don’t think that’s very useful, not only do I not think it’s useful, I think it creates an atmosphere and a debate that is neither constructive and can sometimes be dangerous,” Hoyer said.
It's unusual for the House Majority Leader to take on a talk radio host, let alone one speaking at a rally halfway across the country.
Baker is no stranger to controversy, however. In 2008, NBA star Magic Johnson slammed Baker for saying that he faked having AIDS.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."