(THOMAS DISHAW) To say Andrew Breitbart was ahead of his time is an understatement. The mysterious heart attack that claimed his life in 2012 ensured that he would not live to see the enormous impact he had on today’s society.
The rise of Breitbart.com becoming a household name reaching 70 million visitors a month, to longtime friend and Breitbart founder Stephen Bannon being selected as chief strategist and Senior Counselor for President Donald Trump, and the explosive rise of James O’Keefe are all things Breitbart would be proud of.
There are many memorable moments in Breitbart’s life, some of which are showcased in this highly recommended documentary ‘Hating Breitbart’.
One of the most prolific scenes from the movie that still proves relevant today is Breitbart exposing U.S. House of Representatives John Lewis as a race baiting, political hack. The story began when Lewis falsely proclaimed that “racist” Tea-Party activists said the ‘N” word at a Washington D.C. ‘Kill the Bill” rally which was first report by McClatchy in 2010:
Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted “nigger” Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.
The protesters also shouted obscenities at other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, lawmakers said.
“They were shouting, sort of harassing,” Lewis said. “But, it’s okay, I’ve faced this before. It reminded me of the 60s. It was a lot of downright hate and anger and people being downright mean.”
Lewis said he was leaving the Cannon office building across from the Capitol when protesters shouted “Kill the bill, kill the bill,” Lewis said.
“I said ‘I’m for the bill, I support the bill, I’m voting for the bill’,” Lewis said.
A colleague who was accompanying Lewis said people in the crowd responded by saying “Kill the bill, then the n-word.”
“It surprised me that people are so mean and we can’t engage in a civil dialogue and debate,” Lewis said.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said he was a few yards behind Lewis and distinctly heard “nigger.”
“It was a chorus,” Cleaver said. “In a way, I feel sorry for those people who are doing this nasty stuff – they’re being whipped up. I decided I wouldn’t be angry with any of them.”
Breitbart, who was a strong supporter of the Tea-Party movement, was so outraged by the tactics of the left that he offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who could produce a video that showed anyone in the crowd saying the “N” word.
When I offered a reward of $100,000 to be donated to the United Negro College Fund if anyone produced video and audio evidence that this occurred, I was accused of a publicity stunt (because everyone knows that the best way to get publicity in America is to accuse a civil rights icon of lying about racism). Rep. Carson himself suggested that my challenge was “a veiled attempt to justify actions that are simply unjustifiable.” Get it? He calls protesters racist and if you ask him to prove it, you’re a racist, too.
Needless to say, no one has claimed the $100,000.
But, I have taken my search one step further. I’ve asked some of the contributors to Big Government to also actively search for video. We have spent the last three weeks searching for any evidence that might support the allegations, without any help from the accusers. The primary accuser, Congressman Carson, who audaciously claimed the crowd screamed the “N-word fifteen times,” would not return our call. So we have gone part way to try and piece together the events of March 20.
Not only is the audio devoid of any racial slur, but the scene at Cannon clearly shows the congressmen coming down the steps completely unobstructed, and with a clear path to the Capitol. And, when we juxtapose the audio accusation Rep.Carson made moments after the alleged event occurred with actual video footage of the moment Rep. Carson claims he first heard the racial slur, it is as plain as day that Congressman Carson was not isolated by a mob and facing a racist throng that could conceivably hurl rocks at him. As you can see for yourself.
It should come as no surprise that the $100,000 reward offered was never claimed. Even though there were hundreds of people in the crowd with cell phones and video cameras, no one could produce a single tape proving the racial epithet was said.
Breitbart understood how the left operated. The Tea Party was beginning to build true momentum in their movement, and he knew this was a foolish ruse to try and discredit Tea Party members as being a primarily racist organization.
John Lewis never released a statement denying the allegations, but his legacy has continued to take a beating over the years descending from being a highly respected civil rights hero to simply being a left-wing stalwart.