Audrey Conklin | Reporter
TV and radio host Steve Harvey called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a “hillbilly” for his comments regarding reparations on his morning radio show Wednesday.
Harvey, who spoke as host of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” was responding to the Kentucky Republicans Tuesday comments arguing reparations for the descendants of slaves over “something that happened 150 years ago” is not a good idea.
“I dont think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” McConnell said. “Weve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war — by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African-American president.” (RELATED: Mitch Mcconnell Pans Democratic Talk Of Slave Reparations)
President-elect Donald Trump and television personality Steve Harvey speak to reporters after their meeting at Trump Tower, January 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Harvey began by incorrectly stating that 13 — rather than 11 — southern states represented the Confederacy.
“The Civil War broke out because you wanted to keep slavery,” he argued. “…Because you 13 southern states wanted to keep slavery. You werent with this message that came from the North to free slaves. The second thing [is], we tried to correct its passage with Civil Rights laws. Yall fought us on every tooth and nail, you sent guard dogs on us, firehouses, you killed Martin Luther King …”
McConnells home state of Kentucky did not join the Confederate States of America and was initially neutral in the American Civil War before ultimately siding with the Union.
Harvey then responded to McConnells statement that “we elected an African-American president,” saying, “We aint elect no-damn-body. I promise you, your a** did not vote for him … and you did nothing but try to destroy him. So, what would you expect this hillbilly to say other than what he said?”
In his closing statement, Harvey brought up the Senate majority leaders comment that he doesnt think people should pay reparations for something “that happened 150 years ago.”
“You say that you dont want to be responsible for something that happened I think he said 150 years ago,” the “Family Feud” host said. “Well, you werent there when they wrote this Constitution that you love to throw up in everybodys face.”
He then brought up the Three-Fifths clause of the U.S. Constitution.
“Do you remember when they was put in there?” Harvey asked. “Yeah, you had to change that, didnt you? Oh, but I forgot — that whole time you was fighting to make amends to end slavery.
The Kentucky Republicans stance received backlash from many Democrats, including 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker, who has consistently expressed support for reparations, along with his fellow presidential running mates. Read More – Source