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Rick Tyler Gingrich Sharpton

February 2, 2012 by staff 

Rick Tyler Gingrich Sharpton, Rick Tyler, a senior strategist for the pro-Gingrich Winning Our Future super PAC, accused MSNBC on Tuesday of race-baiting and castigated Democrats for failing the African-American community on the issues of abortion, schooling and poverty.

“The Democrats have failed in the public schools with the African-Americans, they abort their babies, they’ve done nothing to lift them out of poverty. I hear all the time the Democrats have these great intentions, but their policies fail,” Tyler said on MSNBC.

“Maybe we have good intentions too, but our policies haven’t been tried. … Maybe we should try our policies, that put people back to work and not [just] give them a handout, tell them to live in public housing, shut up, collect a check, and vote for Democrats,” he continued.

Tyler was responding to charges that Newt Gingrich was being racist because he criticized President Obama as an “entertainer-in-chief” and a “food stamp president.”

“It’s bologna, and MSNBC should get off this race-baiting kick,” said Tyler on a show with network hosts Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow, just hours after Florida’s primary election results were revealed, showing a substantial win for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Tyler, a former aide to Gingrich, said that the examples the two MSNBC hosts cited were not evidence of racism on Gingrich’s part.

“I hear a lot of race-baiting, and I’m going to defend [Gingrich]. Newt is not trying to appeal to the lower angels of our nature. He has said over and over again, he’s trying to get all Americans ahead. Latinos, African-Americans, all kinds,” said Tyler.

The super PAC strategist continued by making assertions about the track record of the Democratic Party.

“I don’t understand this. The president sings, Newt Gingrich makes a little thing, and all of a sudden it’s a racist thing,” said Tyler. “More people are on food stamps today because of Barack Obama. The Democratic Party – they fail in the schools.”

Tyler went on to suggest that the African-American community doesn’t have many role models, at least in movies from Hollywood.

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