PoliticsNation | February 22, 2013
>>> the message on the right for the past four years is that president obama zpt get america . that he apologizes for the country. that he somehow ashamed.
>> our president doesn't have the same feelings about american exceptionlism that we do.
>> the question of whether or not president obama has apologized for the united states --
>> i wish this president would learn how to be an american.
>> the obama administration doesn't understand america .
>> and the question plagues obama is not issues or his record or position, is he pro american.
>> obama gives speeches, trashing his own country.
>> now, limbaugh says the president has been trashing his own country. well now is limbaugh who is doing the trashing. yesterday he said he was ashamed of america . and today he is not backing down from that statement.
>> it makes me ashaemed that we have sunk and distended to this level. in politics, in order for the left to be able to advance, they require ignorance.
>> he's ashamed. the american people must be ignorant. and get this, his buddies on the right are backing him up.
>> it is embarrassing when the president is a demagogue who goes around the world apologizing for america .
>> this is embarrassing.
>> listen to what rush said. it's insulting to continue to insult the intelligence of the american people . and i don't have a problem with what he said. look, 51% of the voters elected barack obama . 4% 449% of us are not that stupid. that's what he is saying.
>> language accusing the president of being ashamed of this country. these guys need a wine party. w-h-i-n-e. not w-i-n-e. joining me now is chris hayes . conservatives are just getting how america is changing?
>> i think there's an instinct that people have. just average citizens when the election doesn't go your way to be frustrated, angry and angry at the can country and angry at voters who voted him in. i know i felt that way in 2004 . when bush was re-elected, i think people felt i'm a left. they felt angry and people made jokes about moving to canada.
>> i was still trying to get the recount from 2000 .
>> but go ahead.
>> as individuals, we all have that feeling.
>> i point i think everyone understands is not an impulse you want to soak. the important thing about democracy is that sometimes you lose and you just soldier on in the minority and that's just wait it works.
>> mike huckabee , let me just use this for an example for my next question. mike huckabee and newt gingrich was on mike huckabee 's show, and they were talking about the different president -- how different president obama was from president george washington . listen to what they had to say.
>> this is a very different president than our first one. george washington was so adamant that we would not have a king. and i thought, gosh, we've done pretty well until 2008 and now i think we may have ended up with one.
>> first of all, washington's desire to be a good citizen, his desire to be a positive force , i think would he look at some of the current she begshenanigans, look at the grotesque sequester and think it was disgustful. it stood against everything he believed as a citizen. he believed in partisan advantage and not factional skirmishing.
>> i mean, you know, in all due respect, newt, that is the biggest bunch of hog wash. first of all, what has this president done that has shown any partisan over the country? he is getting bashed by guys on the left. i disagree with him on drones and other things in afghanistan. you disagree with him. what are they talking about? and how has he operated like a king? then tell me this great analysis, newt, of george washington . i respect he is the first president. but i can give you a whole lot of things that were not noble about the policies of the george washington .
>> there is nothing cheaper or easier than to reinanimate the corpse of a beloved historical figure 240 years after the fact and tell everyone he wouldn't have agreed would present day politics. in some ways, that's not the point. in the way the republican party treated barack obama from the first day is a feeling fundamentally that he is illegitimate. whether it is because of his birth certificate or acorn stole the election or that is before barack obama if a basic conservative view that they are fundamentally the majority of the country and natural order of things is that they run the country and democrats and liberals are minority. and anything other than that is a profound illegitimate expression.
>> don't forget herman cain . we are just dumb, stupid and ignorant. what is more offensive to me, the battle over the minimum wage . here we are talking about real people , real wages . the difference between people being able to bring a respectable income home, regardless of their affiliation. $9 an hour is as reasonable as you can get. many of us want it higher than that and told the president that in a meeting yesterday. but he put out there what he thinks is achievable. they are fighting against that.
>> and minimum wage is the perfect example of the republicans being on the wrong side of public opinion and being frustrated and angry about it. minimum wage bills in republican state have passed. minimum wage with republican voters is held high. if you are a republican, there are two options. you tell yourself you're on the right side of american opiniones. and when it turns out you aren't, you have to conclude that people are stupid, people are dumb, people want free handouts and that the place republicans have retreated to. minimum wage is a perfect example of that kind of policy. it drives them crazy because it is against everything they believe in, a. and b, it is very popular.
>> 71% of americans support minimum wage . they are not stupid, they are people that need more income.
>> and i think that it is -- at the end of the day , that if you cannot deal with the needs of the people, then you are the one acting like a king and not in the personal democracy.
>> there is a tradition that goes all the way back and manifested at different points in time. i think when conservatives lose two elections in a row, what you see is kind of anti-democratic strain begin to infect their thinking. i think you are seeing this come out. and conservatives want it win elections, they need to nip that in the bud. that does not win you any votes to go around calling people stupid.
>> i think that's right. i also think when you look at what we are fighting, when you look at the fact that we're talking about stop the sequester, protect jobs, first responders, even national security , and they say we're not even going to get close loop holes. we're going to protect yachts and private jet loop holes, what are we talking about? how insulting is it to the american people ? oh, that's right. we're ignorant. chris hayes , thanks for coming on the show tonight. come, and don't forget to catch up with chris hayes . saturdays and sundays at 8:00 a.m .
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