Hate In the Mainstream
"[T]hey got together and swore a pact to the devil. … Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other."
— Christian Coalition founder PAT ROBERTSON, in a Jan. 13 commentary on Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club," arguing Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake was caused by a satanic deal Haitians made to win freedom from French colonial rule in 1804
"My grandmother … told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals … [b]ecause they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that."
— South Carolina Lt. Gov. ANDRE BAUER, in remarks about those who receive government assistance, at a Jan. 22 town hall meeting in Fountain Inn, S.C.
"The unionization of their militaries ... [and] open homosexuality … led to a force that was ill equipped to go to war."
— Former Supreme Allied Commander JOHN SHEEHAN, partly blaming the 1995 Srebenica massacre on the inclusion of gay soldiers among the Dutch military defenders of the Bosnian enclave, at a March 18 U.S. congressional hearing
"I'm not casual at all about Islam — I want to go over there and take 'em out."
— Talk radio host and Watergate ex-con G. GORDON LIDDY, in the March 24 broadcast of "The G. Gordon Liddy Show"
"This is a pig bill, created by pig bureaucrats, to help out American pigs. … We gotta kill the pig."
— Rock star TED NUGENT speaking on the health care bill in a March 26 interview on Fox News' "Your World"
"What could be more threatening to your survival than the demise of your entire race? … Who set out to destroy the white people?"
— Talk radio host MICHAEL SAVAGE bemoaning the "death of the West" in an April 13 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's "The Savage Nation"
"If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don't we just send him back?"
— Former U.S. Rep TOM TANCREDO of Colorado, pushing discredited "birther" claims about President Obama in a speech at an April 17 Tea Party rally in Greenville, S.C.
"It doesn't take a genius to know what this illegitimate band of gangsters is going to do next."
— Talk radio host MICHAEL SAVAGE, in an April 20 broadcast of "The Savage Nation," accusing the Obama Administration of planting armed "agent provocateurs" inside the Tea Parties to discredit conservatives
Quotes on this page were compiled from media accounts, web pages, e-mail groups and Media Matters for America, a website that monitors the far right.