MSNBC remains silent on guest Elie Mystal’s long history of racist rhetoric

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Frequent MSNBC guest Elie Mystal has repeatedly drawn attention for racist comments, but the NBCUniversal News Group division appears to be keeping quiet about what the network thinks of his recurring rants.

Mystal, who works as a justice correspondent for The Nation, attacked Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker during a segment on “The Cross Connection” on Saturday. Mystal suggested that Walker is only supported by the GOP because he’s doing what they “expect of their niggers.”

“You ask why Republicans support this man who is so clearly unintelligent, who so clearly has no independent thoughts, but that’s actually the reason. Walker is going to do what he’s told, and that’s what Republicans like. That’s what Republicans want from their niggers: do what they’re told. And Walker presents himself exactly as a person who lacks independent thoughts, an independent program, an independent to grab politics, and he’s just going to go out there and vote like Mitch McConnell says they vote,” Mystal told host Tiffany Cross.

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Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate for Georgia’s Senate, speaks during a campaign rally in Macon, Ga., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Walker responded to Mystal’s comment yesterday saying, “A lot of people have been asking me to say something about the man on MSNBC who called me an N-word. Here’s what I have to say to that subject: shame on MSNBC and shame on him. I’m going to pray for them both because they need Jesus.”

But, this is far from the first instance in which Mystal has used inflammatory language to attack Republicans, or even Walker for that matter.

The far-left writer lashed out at Walker and black Republicans in an April column titled “Herschel Walker’s Senate Campaign Is an Insult to Black People.” Mystal called Walker’s campaign a “political minstrel show”.

Mystal discussed his article during another appearance on “The Cross Connection,” saying he draws a “hard distinction” between “black conservatives” and “black Republicans.”

“I draw a sharp distinction between the black conservatives, of which there are many, one of whom was just elected mayor of New York, in fact, and these tokens who are here right now making fun of their masters whites,” Mystal said; his former reference was the Democratic Mayor of New York, Eric Adams.

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Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a campaign stop outside the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a campaign stop outside the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, September 2, 2021.
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NBCUniversal was asked by Fox News Digital about its thoughts on these Mystal comments, as well as a host of other comments that have outraged conservatives. Mystal himself was also asked if he stands by some of his more inflammatory comments. Neither NBC nor Mystal responded to the request. Walker’s campaign also did not respond to a request for comment.

Black conservative radio host Larry Elder, who faced racist attacks during his failed bid to unseat California Governor Gavin Newsom, D., last year, told Fox News Digital that comments by Mystal show how effective Democrats and the media have been in “indoctrinating black people”. hate Lincoln’s party, the party that opposed Jim Crow, [and] the party that is pro choice of family and school.”

“What if you are black and you dare to question open borders, abortion and the large percentage of black babies who are aborted, the power of the teachers’ union, high taxes, excessive regulation and dependency to welfare destroying the family, you’re a ‘sell-out’,” he added.

Elder himself was a victim of racism from the left. During his campaign challenging Newsom for the governorship last year, a Los Angeles Times columnist called Elder “the dark face of white supremacy.” A separate incident saw a woman wearing a gorilla mask throw eggs and racial epithets at Elder.

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Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of the Air Force’s consideration of the defense clearance request for the Fiscal Year 2023 and Future Years Defense Program, in the Dirksen Building on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
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Earlier this year, Mystal also attacked Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo. In May, at the confirmation hearing for then-Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, Mystal claimed that Hawley’s tough questions directed at Jackson were his way of “trying to get her killed.”

“What Josh Hawley is doing, let’s be very clear. What Josh Hawley is doing when he tries to do that is he’s trying to get her killed. He’s trying to do violence to a Supreme Court nominee,” he said. said Mystal on MSNBC.

Last year, Mystal, a lawyer who writes frequently about the criminal justice system, joined “Democracy Now!” to discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. At the time, Mystal criticized Judge Bruce Schroeder, arguing he was “biased” and “racist”.

“[Schroeder] made a series of decisions, each perhaps individually indefensible, but overall it gives the impression of a biased, racist judge, with his Trump rally cellphone, trying to get Rittenhouse to walk “, said Mystal.

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The Nation correspondent Elie Mystal appears on MSNBC in 2019. (Screenshot/MSNBC)

The Nation correspondent Elie Mystal appears on MSNBC in 2019. (Screenshot/MSNBC)
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Its ringtone was that of Lee Greenwood’s patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA”. Critics argued at the time that the ringtone meant Schroeder was a Trump supporter, as the song is played at Trump rallies.

Mystal also made some interesting comments about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. During a March appearance on ABC’s “The View,” Mystal told the women’s panel that the Constitution was “kind of trash.”

“It was written by slavers and settlers and white people who are willing to make deals with slavers and settlers,” Mystal said after co-host Joy Behar asked for clarification. “They didn’t ask anyone who looked like me what they thought of the Constitution.”

Just over a year earlier, Mystal had said on C-SPAN that he thought the Constitution was a “racist document.”

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“It was written at a time when the people were racist. It was written to support a white supremacist state,” he added.

Mystal also claimed in June that the Second Amendment was created for armed militias to “suppress slave revolts” and to “preserve white supremacy.”

A number of other segments involving Mystal also drew backlash, including a period in which the commentator said the only people who have rights in the United States under the current Supreme Court are “men straight white cis” or Uzi submachine guns, and a Twitter post. in which he dreamed of crashing a vehicle into one of former President Donald Trump’s properties.

Fox News’ Brian Flood and Lindsay Kornick contributed to this report.

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