by Becca London | RNN
NBA legend Charles Barkley surprised many with his hot take on race divisions in America. In fact, the star athlete’s remark caused Fox News host Dan Bongino to say: “Holy Moses, everyone’s clapping.”
Charles Barkley, who made his mark as one of the greats in the National Basketball Association, has made headlines by making political statements that aren’t “mainstream.” He blasted those who support the “defund the police” movement. According to Sporting News, “many were not pleased” when Barkley rejected the notion of defunding police, saying it would adversely affect Black communities. “Who are Black people supposed to call,” Barkley asked. “Ghostbusters?”
But that wasn’t the only time Barkley created waves. “The Democrats and Republicans are both full of sh*t,” he said during an interview. “I voted Democratic my entire life and I’m [thinking] man, everybody in my hometown is still poor. The black neighborhoods are still poor. They going to sh***y schools and we’ve been voting Democratic for 59 years.”
However, Barkley “broke the internet” when he doubled down on those sentiments, and that’s what got Fox News host Dan Bongino’s attention. According to Sports Illustrated, the former Philadelphia 76er caused quite an uproar when he was asked on live TV to address a clip from 1968 showing Robert F. Kennedy asking black citizens not to retaliate with anger over the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Barkley took the opportunity to take aim at our current politicians and the state of politics in America today. “Man, I think most white people and black people are great people,” Barkley said. “I really believe that in my heart, but I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power. They divide and conquer.”
Barkley continued to explain his beliefs. “I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people,” he declared. “But we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people, not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we all got money, let’s make the whites and blacks, not like each other, let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class.’ I truly believe that in my heart.”
After Dan Bongino played the clip of Charles Barkley, he reacted by saying: “Holy Moses. How many times have I said this on the show?” The former secret service agent started applauding, along with the producer and assistant of his radio show. “Yeah, we’re clapping, everyone’s clapping, here,” he added. “The golden rule is this: although Republicans aren’t the solution to all your problems, Democrats are almost always the cause of all of your problems.”
“I know why Charles has to throw in Republicans here, but you rarely see them throw the race card,” Bongino declared. “When [Democrats] insist black people are too stupid to get a voter ID…that’s racist. It is a racist statement. It’s not soft bigotry, it’s hard bigotry. I’ve been saying this forever, the Democrats don’t have anything. Their agenda is garbage.”
Bongino then ran through a litany of issues he claims the Democrats endorse, including higher taxes, government-run healthcare, no school choice, and tons of red tape for family-run small businesses. “That’s not a campaign slogan folks,” Bongino explained. “So, what do the Democrats do? Well, if you can’t run on anything you just make sure the people you’re trying to get a vote from hate the other guys more.”
Dan Bongino ends by saying the Democrats can’t run on their real agenda, so they must make people believe anyone running as a Republican is racist. He goes on to claim that’s not the case for most conservatives running for office. “Good conservatives run on good conservative ideas: freedom, liberty, justice for everyone,” he said.
“Forget skin color or sexual orientation,” he added. “None of that matters. You have been granted with God’s hand on your shoulder a series of God-given big ‘R’ rights. And until you violate the rights of others, you are free to exercise them whether I agree with them or not. Liberals really don’t believe any of that.”