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?