Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Falwell Compares Hillary Clinton to "Lucifer"

From Think Progress and Media Matters.

LIZ MARLANTES (ABC general assignment correspondent): Senator Hillary Clinton has long been a favorite Republican boogeyman. So it's no surprise that at a summit this weekend for religious conservatives, the Reverend Jerry Falwell offered up some red meat. "I hope she's the candidate," Falwell said, "because nothing will energize my constituency like Hillary Clinton." He added, "If Lucifer ran, he wouldn't." Today, Falwell said the comments were tongue-in-cheek. But his larger point about the Republican Party's need to energize religious conservatives is hardly a joke. In 2004, strong turnout by Christian voters inflamed over gay marriage helped push George W. Bush over the top in key states. This year, there are signs some of that enthusiasm is waning.

VIDEO / LINK: MM: ABC provided no Clinton response to Falwell's "Lucifer" comparison

MSNBC: Any comparison to the devil, especially coming on the heels — of course, your comments are being compared to those of Hugo Chavez. He is the president of Venezuela, and I’m sure you saw it last week –

FALWELL: I did indeed.

MSNBC: — when he was addressing the U.N. Assembly, he called President Bush the devil in his speech. That made a lot of people very, very angry.

FALWELL: It made me angry too.

MSNBC: Is there any reason people should be are angry at you for what you said about Senator Clinton?

FALWELL: What I said about Senator Clinton is a true fact. She will energize religious conservatives about all others. Nobody who with a fair mind, open mind heard what you just played did not know that I was speaking tongue in cheek about Lucifer running because there’s no way that Lucifer’s going to run.

MSNBC: Do you believe you were disrespectful?

FALWELL: I do not...

MSNBC: Do I take this to mean that you’re not going to be apologizing to Senator Clinton?

FALWELL: No, I’ll be saying it over and over again.

VIDEO / LINK: TP: Falwell Refuses To Apologize For Lucifer Attack, Swears To Repeat It ‘Over And Over Again’

-Mr. Joseph

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