It’s not unusual for Al Sharpton to have his entanglements with the English language. His “resist we much” moment from 2011 has become a cult classic.
But on his MSNBC show this morning, there was something different about Sharpton’s stumbles. It wasn’t just his repeated flubbing of the name of rapper Meek Mill’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina. It was the super-slow cadence with which Sharpton spoke. For those old enough to remember, think 78RPM record played at 45.
Has Al been spending time with Nancy Pelosi lately–and is whatever she has catching?
I actually write this more in sorrow than in glee. Sharpton, of course, has a notorious past, from the Tawana Brawley hoax to incitement of lethal violence. But in the recent past, Sharpton has adopted a more measured tone. For example, when Joe Scarborough was calling George Zimmerman a “murderer” before he had even been arrested in the death of Trayvon Martin, Sharpton was not jumping so quickly to conclusions.
It was actually sad to see Sharpton stumble so badly this morning. Father Time has his way of catching up with us . . .