Flashback Friday: Christopher Hitchens on Sarah Palin – ‘A Disgraceful Opportunist and Moral Coward’


In this classic clip on Morning Joe from March of 2010, Christopher Hitchens followed up on an article he wrote for Slate about the inherent dangers of Sarah Palin’s brand of populism.

Following up on a discussion about Palin between the hosts and Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Hitchens denounced Palin as “a disgraceful opportunist and a real moral coward.”

Hitchens made this comment while discussing a recent op-ed piece by Palin denying climate-change. Hitchens stated:

Don’t be too hard on her. She didn’t write that piece and she probably hasn’t read it. I doubt she could either read or write it. Everything she does is for effect, she’s, and is always deniable. She could switch back in a minute. At the moment she thinks her tea party crowd wants to hear this kind of thing so she’ll say that. She’s been out to say, ‘well, I don’t know but I think the President ought to produce his birth certificate. I’m not saying it isn’t a good question. Then later, cause she’s got to go to the Gridiron dinner in Washington, and learn how to use a knife and fork and be taught by Fred Malek. She takes it back. She’s a disgraceful opportunist and a real moral coward.

You can watch him in action, below:

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