Liberal MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz on Monday compared Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln. In the opening of The Ed Show, an on-screen graphic morphed a picture of the historic Republican president into the modern day Democrat. In the background, an American flag can be seen. [MP3 audio here.]
Schultz's show opens are often extremely over-the-top, featuring rock music and movie clips. The cable anchor began by trashing Republicans for not trusting the President on securing the border. After clips of John Boehner and Paul Ryan appeared, the Obama/Lincoln morph appeared. No comparison is too absurd for Schultz. Recently, he linked the President to Superman, George Washington and touted approval by God.
On December 5, 2013, answering a viewer question on the health care law, Schultz trumpeted, "I’ll tell you what I think God thinks of the Affordable Care Act: it’s a big amen."
On January 29, the host used photoshopped pictures to turn Obama into Superman, George Washington and Uncle Sam.
Lincoln? God? Superman? MSNBC is becoming increasingly difficult to parody.
A partial transcript of the February 10 segment, which aired at 5pm ET, follows:
ED SCHULTZ: Now they're stuck on trust. It's a word we hear a lot about here on the Ed Show because I know you can't trust Republicans. Republicans are now trying to use this word when this word against the President of the United States. They're on this media push, trying to convince Americans that you can't trust the President. Republicans claim the president can't be trusted to enforce the law on immigration once reform is passed. Here's what failed vice president presidential candidate Paul Ryan said last week.
PAUL RYAN: Here's the issue that all Republicans agree on. We don't trust the president to enfoce the law. We don't think that we can allow this border to continue to be overrun and if we can get security first, no amnesty, before anything happens, then we think that's a good approach. This is not a trust but verify. This is a verify then trust approach.
SCHULTZ: Oh, verify then trust? Well, let's verify the fact that we have more agents on the border. We have more resources on the border. We have more overtime hours on the border. We have more fences. We have more sensor technology. We have four-fold security on the border. So what part are they talking about when they talk about they don't trust the President enforcing something.