No Respect: Fox News Anchors Mock Desiline Victor, The 102-Year-Old Woman Who Waited In Line Three Hours To Vote

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February 15, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers
Source: AP

Source: AP

A couple of days ago, we told you about Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old woman who received a standing ovation during President Obama’s State of the Union address for her admirable decision to wait in line three long hours so that she could vote in the 2012 election. Most considered her deed to be admirable, as such an extended wait-time would’ve deterred many. Most except Fox News Radio anchors, Brian Kilmeade, Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer, who expressed that they couldn’t understand what the “big deal” was during an episode of Kilmeade & Friends.

“How long was she on line?” Hemmer questioned.

“What’s the big deal? She was happy. She waited on line, she was happy that she voted. This is such a non-issue.” MacCallum interjected.

“They held her up as a victim!” Hemmer joked. “What was she the victim of? Rashes on the bottom of her feet?”

Jason Linkins, reporter for HuffPost Politics spoke out against the inappropriate statements made by the hosts during an interview with HuffPost Live.

“It’s weird to mock an 102-year-old woman for the long line she had to wait in. I think generally it’s ideal for 102-year-old women to not have to stand outside in the elements voting. The fact of the matter is this, lines were very much longer in districts where there were a higher percentage of Black and/or Hispanic voters. That is a fact. Another thing is that something on the order of a few hundred thousand voters in Florida just gave up on voting because the lines were so long. “

I hate to be the one who throws race into everything, but I wonder if those same jokes would’ve been thrown around by Kilmeade and his pals if Desiline was of another race.

You can listen to the comments made by the Fox hosts on the following page. Were their jokes inappropriate or are people being sensitive?

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  • oh no

    How in the heck did all those people in line even let an elderly woman wait in line that long. She should have been allowed to jump to the front of the line. The problem isn’t the comments. It’s all those rude people with no respect for elderly people. That’s the real outrage, not some stupid comments. Wow I remember in the black community when elderly people were highly regarded. You people are SO focused on the wrong thing.

    • Tamz

      I agree that someone should have let her jump the line. I am a poll manager in my area and I’ve done it for a few people who were unable to stand in the long lines and vote. Or why didn’t they give her the option of using the mobile voting device to cast her vote?

  • Guest

    Did she want to be noticed and sought out because she stood in line like all the others? Or did she wait and vote and go on with her business……In a different part of the country; she would have been another voter standing in line to vote and no, it would not have been a big deal.

  • Bananatella

    She shouldn’t have had too wait so long but good for her just the same!

  • FromUR2UB

    Some people are just jerks, that’s all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.homner Fern Homner

      It’s ok for MSNBC or CNN to blast the handicapped children of Sarah Palin or make fun of a thirsty Marco Rubio though isn’t it? Her voting IS no big deal. The 13.8% unemployment among us blacks IS a big deal. I’m ashamed of our Party for the lies, slander and mean-spirited attacks on Conservatives, Republicans and Independents alike. Let’s stick to the issues at hand and allow the lesser Democrats wallow in name calling.

      • FromUR2UB

        Like I said: some people are just jerks. Add yourself to that company. The issue at hand is a centagenarian woman who can become fodder for other jerks.

  • Natasha T

    This is why I put a parental block on that channel on my cable box, I don’t want to see this BS and when I’m flipping through channels and I don’t want my kids see this BS when flipping through channels. That channel and the people on it can rot in heck!

  • Sharon

    I wish people would just stop watching FOX news all together. This is how you stop foolishness like this.

    • Yvette

      Exactly!

  • Sagittarius81

    When does Faux News ever stopped being insensitive? They’re mad that they won’t live to see 102 because they’re so damn disrespectful!

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.homner Fern Homner

      It’s ok for MSNBC or CNN to blast the handicapped children of Sarah Palin or make fun of a thirsty Marco Rubio though isn’t it? Her voting IS no big deal. The 13.8% unemployment among us blacks IS a big deal. I’m ashamed of our Party for the lies, slander and mean-spirited attacks on Conservatives, Republicans and Independents alike. Let’s stick to the issues at hand and allow the lesser Democrats to wallow in name calling.