He was preventing an all-out riot.
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I’m gonna make a prediction to you. Brendan Eich, Mozilla, gay marriage, we got the Sterling thing. This is all the Democrats have to get vote turnout in November. Every policy initiative, every idea of theirs is crashing, including their president. The New York Times, Maureen Dowd has even now written a piece about the lack of manliness of Barack Obama. Maureen, you’re six years too late. This is the kind of stuff you should have ferreted out in 2007 and 2008. It’s no big deal for you to figure this out six years into this mess.

Everything that the Democrat Party has touched is falling apart. The only thing they’ve got that can give them any hope of winning an election is War on Women, racism, gay rights, gay marriage. So you wait. Every two, three weeks there’s gonna be a story like this. And guess what? The New York Times finally has a story, why, let me get the headline here for you. “After 33 Years of Sterling, a Boiling Point — Why did it take a tape recording aired on a gossip website to ignite nationwide ire against Donald Sterling?

This is the point I made on Monday. While everybody else was in a race, everybody in the media was in a race to see who could be the most sensitive, the most hurt, the most outraged, the most angry, who could be the most eloquent in expressing all of that, I came to the Golden EIB Microphone and said, “Did anybody not know that this guy has been who he is for 30-plus years?” And if you’ll recall, I recounted stories, visits to LA, subject came up every time I went out there. And one of the reasons why it was overlooked — when I first heard about it was on the golf course in Los Angeles. Somehow the guy’s name came up, the Clippers came up, and I said, “Who owns this team, the Clippers?”

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