Roy Moore’s lawyer makes racist comments about MSNBC’s Ali Velshi

Roy More’s lawyer Trenton Garmon brought up MSNBC’s Ali Velshi’s “awesome diverse background” in defending Roy Moore’s claim that he asks the parents of young girls if he can date them.

Velshi is Canadian. But he’s dark. And it appears the lawyer thinks Velshi is from a country where marriages are “arranged.” (Velshi was born in Kenya.)

It was supremely bizarre, and supremely offensive. Below is Velshi and his cohost, Stephanie Ruhle.

And then donate to Roy Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones — the election is December 12.

And here’s a snippet of the transcript:

Ruhle: Why would he need permission from any of these girls’ mothers if they weren’t underage?
Garmon: Sure, that’s a good question. Culturally speaking, obviously there’s differences—looked up Ali’s background there. Wow—that’s awesome that you have got such a diverse background. It’s really cool to read through that. But point is this, each culture has its —
Ruhle: What does Ali’s “background have to do with dating a 14 year old?
Garmon: I’m not finished with the context of it. Point of it is this —
Ruhle: Please answer. What does Ali Velshi’s background have to do with dating children, 14 year old girls?
Garmon: Sure. In other countries, there’s arrangement through parents, for what we would refer to as consensual marriage, so.
Ruhle: Ali’s from Canada.
Garmon: I understand that. And Ali’s also spent time in other countries—
Ruhle: So have I!
Garmon: It’s not a bad thing.
Velshi: I don’t know where you’re going with this, Trenton.


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  • TheOtherWhiteMeat
  • The Alt-Right Propaganda Machine is Winning Because Americans Insist on Being Stupid: A Timeline of The Al Franken “Scandal”

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  • NotConvinced

    Looking ignorant AND incoherent is not as easy as it looks.
    -Louie Gohmert

  • nikto

    He should have said, “Just because Velshi’s Canadian, I don’t assume he plays hockey
    and eats back-bacon.”

    jmo.

  • Larry

    The R’s aren’t even close. In the 1977 signature the R has loop going up to the top loop and there is a loop in the middle

  • Larry

    You can plainly see that the note and signature were not done at the same time. Look how far below the word Love that the comma is.

  • Larry

    The ethics committee can only sanction him. A Senator can’t be expelled for actions before he was a Senator.

  • Badgerite

    John, that photo is a joke photo clearly. It was not an assault and it would be a good idea for progressives and Democrats to not self immolate over non violations.
    Questionable humor as in blue is one of Franken’s trade marks. He used to have those kinds of pictures on SNL. It was a joke. Maybe a bad joke. But not an assault.
    That is ridiculous. He apologized as he realized it may have been insensitive but as you note, it does not warrant Democrats forming a firing squad and putting him in front as a sacrificial lamb to GOP whataboutism.

  • Gerald Parks

    “Velshi is Canadian. But he’s dark”
    WTF???
    Sooo …dark …has been redefinded? Again!
    white supremacist ideology is the foundation, source and fuel of America racism!

  • Badgerite

    Yeah, I’m shocked. I was impressed by what one of the women answered when asked why they hadn’t said anything about this sooner. Her answer:
    “No one asked”. People don’t realize how much ordinary people just pursuing their lives really don’t want to have to be dragged into a political cage match atmosphere. It takes guts. And it takes someone to actually ask about it. “Bernie Bernstein”. LOL.

  • Yep, 4 women came forward last night — 2 in Wash Post, 2 in Al.com

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  • Roy Moore selected a lawyer who is racist?!

    So SHOCKING!

  • Badgerite

    It is almost like legal flop sweat. His mouth runneth over.

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