"This ... is going to sound racist": Gunny Bob guest host Rima agreed with a caller's racial slur

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On the March 12 broadcast of Newsradio 850 KOA's The Gunny Bob Show, guest host Sean Rima agreed with a caller's assertion that African-Americans "like" former President Bill Clinton because he "was a smooth womanizer." Rima also asked his listeners earlier in the broadcast, "Exactly how long do you think it's going to take before Hillary Clinton actually claims to be a black woman?"

After the caller claimed that cities and states "controlled by Democrats" are "really concrete plantations," he later asked: "You know why they like -- you know why everybody likes Clinton?"

RIMA: Why?

CALLER: I hate to say this because it is going to sound racist, but it's really not.

RIMA: What?

CALLER: Clinton was a smooth womanizer. And the black communities in the inner cities across this country, as you can watch on MTV and find out in five minutes --

RIMA: He was a playa.

CALLER: He was player and they like him for that. He was smooth.

Rima also insinuated that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) panders to constituencies, echoing a conservative talking point regarding a March 4 speech she gave in Selma, Alabama. As Colorado Media Matters noted, several commentators, such as Denver Post columnist Al Knight, accused Clinton of using an "accent[]" during her speech to "attract the 'black vote.' " Rima said, "I'm waiting for Hillary to actually claim to be a black woman."

From the March 12 broadcast of Newsradio 850 KOA's The Gunny Bob Show, with guest host Sean Rima:

RIMA: We've been talking about, you know, asking the very important social question poised to us -- or posed to us, rather -- by Mr. Harry Belafonte, who is an old fart who has lost his mind. Once a very impressive dude, now just kind of a political boob. But is Condi Rice a house slave because she works for George Bush? Is she less black because she works for George Bush? And the other question I want to ask you is: Exactly how long do you think it's going to take before Hillary Clinton actually claims to be a black woman? I'm waiting for that one. I'm waiting for Hillary -- 'cause, you know, remember when she was running for the Senate seat in New York? [New York accent] "Like all New Yorkers." And then just, you know, like a week ago or two weeks ago, she's, you know, in the Deep South. [Southern accent] "Like all southerners." You know, I'm waiting for Hillary to actually claim to be a black woman. [Laughs] "Like all African-American women in this country who struggle." I bet you six bucks she makes that claim at some point. I bet you six dollars that before the presidential election of 2008, Hillary actually claims to be a black woman. Let's see how that goes.

[...]

CALLER: You know, I can really feel for that black fellow from New Mexico -- he called before. Because if I were a black man, I would just be stupefied. I mean, I would look around this country and I'd say to myself, "You know, where are my people having the most difficulties and living in the worst conditions?" You know, and it's in the big cities.

RIMA: Right.

CALLER: And which party controls those big cities? Well, the Democrats.

RIMA: They tend to be heavily Democratic, that's true.

CALLER: And where are those, what states are they in? The states that are controlled by Democrats. And you know, these, really, these inner cities around our country right now are really concrete plantations. I mean, and instead of harvesting cotton, you know, these people are providing their masters with rent money and food stamps and profits from the retail stores where they go shopping and eating. And they are trapped. You know, they're trapped for generations, just like the plantations --

RIMA: Well, the thing I keep going back to that has always stuck out in my mind is, who would Jesse Jackson be or Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakhan if it weren't for the, the plight of the African-American in this community, in this country, in regards to racism? You know, Jackson wouldn't be able to shake down major corporations over it.

CALLER No way. No way.

[Rima laughs]

RIMA: You know?

CALLER: And these guys encourage their people to go back into these voting booths, treat them like ATMs, and say, "Just hit that 'D.' "

RIMA: Right.

CALLER: Just hit that 'D' and it'll just keep coming.

RIMA: And you'll get free money!

CALLER: Oh, the money will keep coming. We're going to take care of your electric bill. You know, you just show up at the office with as many kids as you can drag down there, and we're just going to keep it flowing. Just keep hitting that 'D.'

RIMA: Right.

CALLER: And like that fellow from New Mexico said. I mean, you know, these people -- can't you look around and say, "Well, OK, I'll suffer now. I'm gonna vote -- I'm gonna change things now by my vote. I'll suffer. And maybe my children will even suffer, but maybe my great-grandchildren will be out of this predicament." They won't, they won't --

RIMA: Well, I think I'm gonna run for president.

CALLER: You should.

RIMA: I think I should run for president.

CALLER: You know why they like -- you know why everybody likes Clinton?

RIMA: Why?

CALLER: I hate to say this because it is going to sound racist, but it's really not.

RIMA: What?

CALLER: Clinton was a smooth womanizer. And the black communities in the inner cities across this country, as you can watch on MTV and find out in five minutes --

RIMA: He was a playa.

CALLER: He was player and they like him for that. He was smooth.

[Rima laughs]

RIMA: Well, they should vote for Giuliani, then. 'Cause he's a player too, man. He's even better at it than Clinton was.

CALLER: Well, he keeps it behind closed doors, at least.

RIMA: All right thanks. That was so weird tonight, man. That was just gone weird.

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