Sharpton: I’m Helping White House Pick Next AG; Wait, No I’m Not

People who have stuck by President Obama despite foreign policy disasters and multiple scandals in his administration may just be pushed over line if Al Sharpton is in fact advising the administration on who should be the US Attorney General.

Sharpton put out a statement saying, “We are engaged in immediate conversations with the White House on deliberations over a successor whom we hope will continue in the general direction of Attorney General Holder.”

Understandably, there was an expected outcry from the right wing but also from moderate Democrats. Sharpton quickly walked back his statement when Business Insider published it, writing to the website, “We did not say we are in the decision making. We are in conversation to reach out to them to have meetings about what we want to see in a successor…I have personally spoken to Attorney General Eric Holder today to express my views that he was the best civil rights Attorney General in history.”

Sharpton is a huckster and a fraud of the worst kind. The fact that he has a show on MSNBC permanently damaged that cable outlet’s credibility. He has appeared on “Meet the Press” and “Morning Joe.” (Notice what these have in common? They are all last in their respective ratings.) Both have suffered. It was on “Morning Joe” about a year ago that Sharpton was hawking his book when he was given a chance to come clean and apologize about the Tawana Brawley affair. He did neither. In fact, he doubled down on the sad chapter in Sharpton’s sad career. We’ll see Sharpton appear anywhere racial tensions exist or have the potential to exist. We’ll be sure to fan the flames. Perhaps when he finally cleans up his past messes, he will be welcomed back in the 21st century activism.