On his TV show Wednesday night, Sean Hannity revealed what really sticks in his craw about the Eric Garner case: underregulated pot-smokers.
"What makes me so angry about this case — why are police officers ever arresting anybody for selling cigarettes in a city where you only get a summons if you're caught smoking pot?" Hannity asked his former law-enforcement guest Wednesday night. He accused the city of creating a "black market" for cigarettes with its large taxes, asking, "How stupid is all of this from the get-go?"And who was that "former law-enforcement guest"?
When Mark Furhman defended the police for simply trying to "enforce the laws" that are in place about selling loose cigarettes, Hannity once again said it was "absurd" that someone like Garner had been arrested for that crime when people are only getting a summons for smoking small amounts of marijuana.Yeah, who cares about a dead man? There's almost-legal weed being smoked in New York! Where's the outrage about that?
Well, that outrage showed up on Rush Limbaugh's show today. Limbaugh did almost a note-for-note cover of Hannity's harangue:
Do you realize what this was about? How many times a day do you think the New York PD walks by a shop or a property of some kind or is driving by, sees somebody blowing a joint, and just keeps going?So there you have it. The real problem? People not being arrested for pot. Pot being underregulated. One New Yorker after another "blowing a weed." No wonder a man is dead.
How often do you think that happens? Probably happens so many times a day, you can't count it. Somebody blowing a weed, don't stop. Maybe even wave at 'em, say, "Hey, dude." See 'em selling, it's a different thing, but you see somebody blowing a weed and even if they're selling just a single joint, the cops don't stop for this anymore. And yet this guy ends up dead because the city of New York is hell-bent on driving out the black market cigarette industry from Manhattan.
Bonus inspirational quote from Mark Fuhrman, at 2:15 in the Hannity clip (which I can't embed, but you can watch at Mediaite).
FUHRMAN: Well, Sean, I've been involved with chokeholds probably the first thirteen years of my career and I've applied it on hundreds of people.Yeah, I bet.