MSNBC’s Al Sharpton conducts a standard analysis for conservatives and Republicans on his heavily partisan program: Repeat word-for-word whatever clip of them just played on PoliticsNation, but do it in the form of a question.
He does this a lot, apparently to show disdain for whatever he heard without having to go through the effort of coming up with new terminology.
Sharpton once did this to himself. After he read out a statement by Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott that concluded, “It’s time to move beyond this,” Sharpton then said, “It’s time to move beyond this?”
“We’re the party of equality,” said RNC chairman Reince Priebus. A second later: “The party of equality?!”
“Democrats are feeling the heat,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas). A second later: “Democrats are feeling the heat?!”
“I think that will be the demise of our republic,” said Rep. Raul Labrador (R., Idaho). A second later: “The demise of our republic?!”
You get the idea. He even did it with a quote critical of President Obama from veteran journalist Bob Woodward, who could hardly be mistaken for a conservative.
Sharpton performs this unusual quirk with clips of Obama, too, except his parroting is a form of admiration rather than condemnation.