Pat Buchanan has always been recognized for his outspoken, often suspect public statements. This time, however, a minority advocacy group has had enough and is rallying for MSNBC to relieve him from his position on the network.
He claimed that a Klan leader stole his ideas; he defended Hitler; his new book talks of the “End of White America.” Yet, somehow, Pat Buchanan is still a commentator for MSNBC — but not if a civil rights group can finally have their way.
Color of Change, an advocacy group that sets out to “strengthen Black America’s political voice,” is calling for MSNBC to relieve controversial conservative host Pat Buchanan of his long-standing hosting duties on the network, citing a list of grievances against the commentator in an email published online this week.
“For years, Pat Buchanan has passed off white supremacist ideology as legitimate mainstream political commentary. And MSNBC continues to pay him and give him a platform on national TV to do it,” the group writes in a letter this week. Before listing a laundry list of remarks Buchanan has made over just a few short years, Color of Change adds that the host “has the right to express his views, but he’s not entitled to a platform that lets him broadcast bigotry and hate to millions.”
“If MSNBC wants to be seen as a trusted, mainstream source of news and commentary, it needs to fire Buchanan now,” they add.