Cenk Uygur and ‘Young Turks’ name St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch ‘Jerk of the Year’
Young Turks host Cenk Uygur named St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch his show’s “Jerk of the Year” winner on Wednesday, saying that McCulloch earned the moniker for a lack of effort in securing an indictment against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown.
“If someone seeks justice, then great — at least that’s what we want. We don’t need a result that we want or demand or think is going to happen,” Uygur argued. “We just want a fair system — we want a shot. And what McCulloch did was, he robbed Michael Brown and his family and that entire community of a fair chance to see if Officer Wilson had actually done it.”
Uygur accused McCulloch of acting as a surrogate defense attorney for Wilson in front of a grand jury, citing the prosecutor’s admission that he knowingly let lying witnesses testify before the jurors, as well as the discovery that McCulloch’s team gave jurors the wrong instructions regarding a state statute regarding lethal force that was declared unconstitutional.
“I’ve never seen a prosecutor say, ‘Yeah, I knew [a witness] was lying, I knew she was committing perjury, and I let her do it anyway,'” Uygur said, alluding to “Witness 40” in the case. “Unbelievable. Could he have gotten that indictment? He says, ‘Yeah, I could have, if I wanted.'”
Among the runners-up, Uygur said, were Democrats like outgoing Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Mark Prior (D-AR), as well as Alison Lundergan Grimes, who failed to unseat incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). All three, he said, lost their respective elections this year because they ran as “light Republicans.”
“The Democratic [Party] establishment was like, ‘Oh, she’s a wonderful politician,'” Uygur said of Lundergan Grimes. “My point was, she’s an obvious politician.”
Watch Uygur break down the “Jerk of the Year” results, as posted on Wednesday, below.