“The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a Third-World dictator and just put all of these guys in jail.”
Entertainer Harry Belafonte, a longtime leftist activist, told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton this was the solution for dealing with those who stand in the way of Barack Obama’s second-term goals.
On the Monday edition of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” show, Belafonte appeared in a segment with Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Center for Justice.
Sharpton asked Belafonte: “All right, Harry. You fought for decades for some of the quote, ‘entitlements’ that the right wing wants to try and balance this budget, balance the deficit off of. As you look at this, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, [you've] been an activist leader from Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt through Dr. King, through Mandela, to Obama. How do you view this and what is the challenge for those that are on the field today?”
Belafonte responded: “What I think has most attracted me through this whole process is watching the political maturity of the American people. There was a great question during the first election as to whether or not Barack would even be elected. And after the turnout show emphatically, would put him in the presidency, it’s interesting to watch the second term.”
Belafonte said “what fascinates me, is that the face of millions of Americans expressing their desire. The whole political establishment defining its game, that there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people who sit trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama.”
“And I don’t know what more they want,” he said. “The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third-world dictator and just put all of these guys in jail. You’re violating the American desire.”
In 2006, Belafonte called then-President George W. Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” when he was part of delegation with actor Danny Glover and Cornel West to visit Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
He praised Chavez, saying, “No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people … support your revolution.”