John Fugelsang destroyed Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) in an epic smackdown on Friday’s edition of The Ed Show, while discussing Louisiana’s pending Religious Freedom law.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who was subbing for Ed Schultz, began by discussing the controversy surrounding a recent New York Times op-ed piece by the right-wing governor.
At issue, were statements by Jindal in the piece such as:
In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law.
As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath. […] I plan in this legislative session to fight for passage of the Marriage and Conscience Act.
Dyson went on to explain that “Jindal was responding to a number of companies that have already warned the governor not to sign the bill.” For example, Dyson quoted IBM who voiced strong opposition to the bill in a letter to Jindal. The letter warned that:
[A] bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company’s values. IBM will find it much harder to attract talent to Louisiana if this bill is passed and enacted into law.
Bringing on Fugelsang, Dyson asked whether Jindal will regret writing the op-ed piece. Fugelsang responded that it might not happen immediately, stating:
It might not happen until he leaves office and is replaced by the much more moral & Christian David Vitter in the governor’s mansion. I have to say, he is wrong about a lot of things. Let’s clear it one by one. First off he is wrong about Christianity. Bobby Jindal is to Christianity what Christ was to bigotry. […] And it is not so much that he is a bigot. He is banking on bigots opening their pocket books for his future failed presidential run. There is no part of the New Testament you can use to justify any kind of discrimination against their LGBT brothers and sisters.
Fugelsang goes on to slam Jindal for “defending BP after the oil spill,” calling Jindal a “shill for big insurance companies.” He also notes that when
[Jindal] talks about these left groups, these left leaning groups that are bullying them into not being allowed to bully gay people. He’s talking about young Republicans. Sixty percent of millennial Republicans favor gay marriage. Jindal is having a desperate play into a dwindling demographic of bigots. It’s going to be a pleasure watching them die off and this is really just him making his big public play to be an elf to jump into the big overcrowded clown car.
You can watch Fugelsang in action in the clip, below, beginning at the 2-minute mark: