KSFO's Sussman suggested Obama's "lipstick on a pig" comment may be his Muslim father's "genetic DNA welling up inside of him"

››› ››› NATHAN TABAK

On The Lee Rodgers Show, a caller suggested that Sen. Barack Obama's remark that "you can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig" was directed at Gov. Sarah Palin and said: "[I]t's a little indicative of a Muslim attitude towards women that's creeping up, you know, and he just can't help but say it, how he feels." Brian Sussman responded: "Well, there's no question that Muslims, at least the religious ones, look at women as second-class citizens. ... I don't know if it was his father's genetic DNA welling up inside of him or not, but I'll tell you something: It was stupid."

On the September 10 broadcast of KSFO's The Lee Rodgers Show, a caller suggested that Sen. Barack Obama's remark that "you can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig" was directed at Gov. Sarah Palin and said: "[I]t's a little indicative of a Muslim attitude towards women that's creeping up, you know, and he just can't help but say it, how he feels." Guest host Brian Sussman responded: "Well, there's no question that Muslims, at least the religious ones, look at women as second-class citizens. That was just a low blow. He should not have made the remark. I don't know if it was his father's genetic DNA welling up inside of him or not, but I'll tell you something: It was stupid. The question is, did he know what he was saying?"

Additionally, earlier in the broadcast, Sussman referenced the widely circulated photograph of Obama wearing traditional Somali clothing, saying: "I remember the Barack turban, when he was dressed up in his little bin Laden outfit. You know, because his family -- it was a family outfit. His family's Somali." In fact, Obama's father was from Kenya, not Somalia. Sussman went on to repeat the falsehood that Obama's family is Arab, asserting: "His family's actually Arab. They're not sub-Saharan Africans. They're Arab Africans. That's why we're so suspect of this guy."

Sussman also said of Obama: "Your papa was a Muslim, your stepfather was a Muslim, all of your siblings are Muslims. What's wrong with that, buddy? Embrace it. Embrace it, man. And shame on you for using the pig line. You probably insulted a lot of Muslims in the process."

Sussman has previously made the false suggestion that Obama is a Muslim. As Media Matters for America noted, during the July 30 broadcast of The Lee Rodgers Show, Sussman said: "If Barack Obama were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence for a jury of his peers to pronounce him guilty? I doubt it. I think Obama would walk."

From the September 10 broadcast of KSFO's The Lee Rodgers Show:

SUSSMAN: I'm with you, man. Appreciate your call on KSFO. Yeah, I remember the Barack turban, when he was dressed up in his little bin Laden outfit. You know, because his family -- it was a family outfit. His family's Somali. His family's actually Arab. They're not sub-Saharan Africans. They're Arab Africans. That's why we're so suspect of this guy. But that was off-limits. Can't do that. No, no, no. Can't go down that road. But the lipstick on a pig line, go right ahead. Refer to Sarah Palin as a dominatrix, go right ahead. Poke fun at her 17-year-old minor daughter who's pregnant, go right ahead.

OFFICER VIC (co-host Tom Benner): "Don't use my middle name."

SUSSMAN: Don't -- can't use his middle name, Hussein. Well, guess what? You were born with it, dude. Barack Hussein Obama. Muslim names all. Your papa was a Muslim, your stepfather was a Muslim, all of your siblings are Muslims. What's wrong with that, buddy? Embrace it. Embrace it, man. And shame on you for using the pig line. You probably insulted a lot of Muslims in the process.

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SUSSMAN: Kirk, you're on the air. Thanks for checking in.

CALLER: Thank you for taking my call. Listen, I really think that he said it on purpose, and that it's indicative of a -- I would -- I'm going to go a little far here. I think it's a little indicative of a Muslim attitude towards women that's creeping up, you know, and he just can't help but say it, how he feels.

SUSSMAN: Well, there's no question that Muslims, at least the religious ones, look at women as second-class citizens. That was just a low blow. He should not have made the remark. I don't know if it was his father's genetic DNA welling up inside of him or not, but I'll tell you something: It was stupid. The question is, did he know what he was saying?

OFFICER VIC: Yeah.

SUSSMAN: And we're beginning to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt he did, especially when you think of some of the ridiculous quotes Howard Dean has made over the years. He's never apologized for any of these, to my knowledge.

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Diversity & Discrimination, Religion, Elections
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KSFO
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Brian Sussman, Sarah Palin
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The Lee Rodgers Program
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Barack Obama, 2008 Elections
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