CNN’s Rick Sanchez Calls Jon Stewart a ‘Bigot’

CNN’s Rick Sanchez, a frequent target for mockery by ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ is likely going to get a massive helping of it when the show returns on Monday, because he actually said “I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot.”

The Cuban-American Sanchez was on ‘Stand Up! with Pete Dominick,’ a satellite radio show, talking about various forms of racism he’s encountered throughout his career, saying that it’s “not just from the Right,” but also from “elite, Northeast establishment liberals,” claiming “deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier.”

When pressed for an explanation of why Stewart is a bigot, he said “I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.”

A vague response, so Dominick pressed him to explain who he thought Stewart was bigoted against. “Everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?” he replied, later adding “Anybody who’s different than you are, anybody who’s not form your frame of reference; anybody who doesn’t look and sound exactly like the people that you sound [like] and grew up with. The people that you put on your show, who always reflect somebody who’s, ‘I’m bringing in to sit around me,’ you know, who’s very different from me. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy this thing that the only people out there who are prejudiced… are the Right. There’s people that are prejudiced on both sides.”

He claimed Stewart has “very much a white, liberal establishment point of view. He can’t relate to a guy like me. He can’t relate to a guy whose dad worked all his life. He can’t relate to somebody who grew up poor.” Later, though, he backtracked a bit, saying “All right, I’ll take the word bigot back; I’ll say prejudicial – uninformed.”

He did admit to having his feelings hurt for how much ‘TDS’ mocks him for being, in their terms, “a total meathead,” saying that his use of a term as strong as ‘bigot’ is because “That’s what happens when you watch yourself on his show every day, and all they ever do is call you stupid.”

He summed up his take on Stewart by saying “I don’t respect the guy.”

Watch Stewart mock Sanchez in this clip.

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Of course, the bigger issue is that Sanchez heaping scorn on Stewart eventually led to him claiming Jews run the media. “I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they — the people in this country who are Jewish — are an oppressed minority? Yeah.”

That was a sarcastic ‘yeah,’ so you know. He did try to clarify this, though. “I grew up not speaking English, dealing with real prejudice every day as a kid; watching my dad work in a factory, wash dishes, drive a truck, get spit on. I’ve been told that I can’t do certain things in life simply because I was a Hispanic. My friends who are black, I’ve seen that with them; I’ve seen that with a lot of minorities. I can’t really think — although I understand the plight of Jews, and all the experiences, and the things that have happened historically for them — but I can’t say that my buddy Glen or my buddy Izzy who I grew up with in South Florida ever were prejudiced against directly simply because they were Jewish. There may have been jokes around them or about other things, but it’s kinda — you know what I’m saying, it’s kind of a different thing.”

“I can’t see somebody not getting a job somewhere because they’re Jewish,” Sanchez explained, to which Dominick responded “Well, then you’ve never been to Nebraska.”

Stewart’s going to have an absolute field day with this one.

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