"The Rev. Al Sharpton is ready for a Rush to judgment. The civil rights leader, typically impervious to insults, said Saturday that he will sue Rush Limbaugh for defamation unless he gets an apology from the right-wing radio host.
Sharpton was outraged by a Limbaugh op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal that blamed him for the 1991 Crown Heights riot and a 1995 killing spree at a Harlem store. "I am definitely going to prove he makes reckless, unaccountable statements," Sharpton said. "Which is why he was forced out of buying an NFL team in the first place."
Limbaugh lashed out at Sharpton over the right-wing radio host's failed attempt to purchase a piece of the St. Louis Rams. Sharpton, among others, blasted Limbaugh's bid for NFL ownership. Limbaugh replied in his op-ed piece that Sharpton "played a leading role in the 1991 Crown Heights riot ... and 1995 Freddie's Fashion Mart riot." Seven people were killed by a gun-toting man who set a fire in the Freddie's Fashion Mart. A Jewish scholar was stabbed to death in Crown Heights three hours after a 7-year-old black boy was fatally struck by a car. Slanderous, according to Sharpton, who denied both allegations. "He doesn't have the right to lie and accuse people of crimes," Sharpton said. "He wants to criminalize me."Sharpton's an ass and obviously senile.
Let's review. Sharpton's anti-semitism was on full display in 1991 and was in fact instrumental in stroking the fires of the Crown Heights riot.
A quote: "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house." He followed with this gem, "Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights."
Police officials specifically credited his statements with causing the riots. Of course his Tawney Brawley incident in 1987 in which Sharpton flat out lied - perjured himself - is the most noteworthy.
Via The Hill, In 1998 Mr. Sharpton was found guilty of defamation and ordered to pay $65,000 for falsely accusing a New York prosecutor of rape in the 1987 Tawana Brawley case. If you want to know what's really going on here Sharpton is trying to ward off what may well be a lawsuit against him by Limbaugh.
Sharpton has little money for a lawsuit, still owing the IRS thousands of dollars. Rush has little to worry about from this anti-semite, but perhaps America could use a refresher course in just who Mr. Sharpton is. A hustling, lying, anti-semitic clown.