Yesterday, President Obama was asked at his press conference whether he would support a boycott of Arizona over the state's controversial immigration laws, and Obama said the following: “I'm the President of the United States; I don't endorse boycotts or not endorse boycotts. That's something that the private citizens can make a decision about.” As I noted at the time, Fox News' Megyn Kelly interpreted the president's comments as “refusing to condemn the boycott of Arizona,” which is wildly misleading because Obama also refused to support the boycott - he refused to take a position one way or another.
But if you thought that was bad, you should see Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr.'s tour-de-force display of hackery and mendacity on Fox & Friends this morning, as he tried to convince everyone that Obama “tacitly endorsed” the boycott and is thus engaging in the same “secitionalism” as the supporters of slavery who “destroyed the United States in the 19th century.” Oh, and just for good measure, he tossed out the “community organizer” and Saul Alinsky GOP buzzwords, as well as a Nazi comparison.
Video below the jump, which you really have to watch to believe:
It's bad enough to twist the president's words and say he “tacitly endorses” the boycott even though he quite clearly refused to do that, but to then say that the president is no better than the Confederacy is beyond despicable, even for Fox.