WTMJ Host Takes Heat, Threats For Remarks At McCain Rally
October 13, 2008 at 5:21 AM (PT)
JOURNAL Talk WTMJ-A/MILWAUKEE host JAMES T. HARRIS tells sister NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV that he is getting hate mail after he spoke at a rally for Republican presidential candidate JOHN MCCAIN THURSDAY in WAUKESHA, WI.
HARRIS, who urged MCCAIN to increase his attacks on BARACK OBAMA's character, said, "You know this is sort of a sampling of the e-mails that I've been receiving: 'Hey Sambo, maybe Master MCCAIN will let you shine his shoes since you did such a good job licking his boots.'"
HARRIS' comments were covered by national news media, and the result was a response from angry OBAMA supporters nationwide.
"Most of the stuff that I got in the e-mail," said HARRIS, "was like, 'How can a black man stand up and say that?' Well you know what? I happen to be an American of African descent, but I am a conservative ... I realize that I'm speaking for millions of people. It just so happens that in this racially charged election, the people who look like me happen to be on the other side of the aisle."