Conservative columnist and activist Star Parker ripped President Barack Obama on Monday in a panel discussion with Fox News host Sean Hannity, comparing his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast to a sexual assault.
“I was in that room — and it was, frankly, verbal rape,” Parker said, drawing an off-screen “wow” from fellow panelist Geraldo Rivera. “We were not expecting it. Nobody wanted it. It was horrible to sit through. And after it was over, we all felt like crap.”
“That’s a harsh term,” Rivera said. “That’s harsh.”
“Verbal rape is what it was, because he pulled the air out of the room,” she continued. “There were 4,000 people there to unify.”
As Right Wing Watch reported earlier in the day, Parker made similar remarks in an interview with conservative radio host Mark Lewin.
“It was verbal rape. Frankly, what the president did was verbal rape,” Parker said. “He stole all the energy in the room. He stole from all of us. He stole the momentum in the room, he stole from our country, he stole from the world.”
Conservatives have been in a rush to attack Obama since he cited the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and slavery as institutions that used the Bible as justification for their actions. Parker told Hannity that Obama was too “arrogant” to see that the audience in the room was not entirely Christian.
“While he did this against Christians, he cannot, will not, refuses to say that radical Islam exists,” Hannity insisted, overlooking the fact that Obama also mentioned the extremist group Islamic State in the speech, calling it “a brutal, vicious, death cult” that carried out “unspeakable acts of barbarism” under a false sense of religious superiority.
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Monday, below.