Democrats' Southern strategy?: Voters painted as racist, uneducated

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," March 13, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And with the eyes of the Republican primary on the south tonight, a brand-new survey has been released that has stirred up quite a controversy. Now, it was conducted by the Democratic Public Policy Polling group and at attempts to paint Alabama and Mississippi conservatives as uninformed, uneducated, well, in some cases, racist. Among the questions asked was whether or not the president is a Christian or a Muslim, also whether or not interracial marriage should be legal. And there was even a question about evolution.

Now, the results regarding the president's religion have received a lot of attention on the left-wing blogosphere. In Mississippi, the survey claims that 52 percent of respondents believe that President Obama is a Muslim while 12 percent say he's a Christian. And in Alabama, 45 percent allegedly believe that he is a Muslim and only 14 percent responded that he is a Christian.

However, even some of the president's accomplices in the mainstream media are not buying these rules. Take a look at this.


MATT LAUER, CO-HOST: You are not so sure on these numbers, you don't like this survey?

CHUCK TODD, CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, there are a couple of things. One, it's an automatic -- it's a robo-survey, so you get an automatic phone call and you press a button to answer the question. One if he's a Christian, two, is he's a Muslim. But you introduce it, the way the question was asked, I think it just was designed to get a higher number because there are some Republicans who may not believe the president, who may believe the president -- who may not believe he's a Muslim, but like saying it because it's a way to attack him. It's sort of a way to needle him. So, I think this question was designed to get a higher percentage in the answer than maybe what is actually true.


HANNITY: Now, this ridiculous poll is just the latest example of the new liberal Southern strategy to demean and discredit any voters who disagree with the path this president is taking our country down. And here with more on the poll, our Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson. And Democratic strategist Joe Trippi is with us.

Guys, welcome to the program. You know, let me give you one example. And I want to play this tape. This is Bill Maher, he sends out Nancy Pelosi's daughter for a segment on his program. This is exactly what I mean by this liberal Southern strategy. Watch this.


BILL MAHER, STAND-UP COMEDIAN: We sent her out to talk to real Americans in the South. Now, I am going to show this video. I want you to understand something because she wrote me a long letter explaining this. She did not cherry-pick this people. She got off the plane. This is in Mississippi, it is the poorest state of our union, we are not making fun of anybody.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Hey, Bill. I'm here in Mississippi, the poorest state in America, which is also the most conservative state in our union. So why is Mississippi so conservative?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Well, in the heart of the Bible belt. We believe in families. We believe in Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Whoever gets elected needs to be family orientated.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: God should come into his mind in everything that he does.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: You never liked the president, did you?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Never, never will.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: One thing, his name is Obama.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: This is America. Our president should be American, not Muslim.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: I don't even like it when I see him on TV. I turn it off. I don't like it.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Is it because he's black?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: No, it's not because he's black, but he's a half breed. He's black too, but he's a half breed.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: I guess I'm a little prejudice.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Are you? You don't like black people?




UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: What is this? Where are we?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: We are in the state of Mississippi.


HANNITY: All right. There you have it. Tucker, what do you think of this?

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, I mean, it's part of a long-standing point that liberals have made that anybody who disagrees with the president is fundamentally unreasonable, that there must be some hidden bias behind the opposition to Obama. And this is an attempt to prove something that liberals already believe. By the way, as a political matter did not going to win, the president's not going to win either of these states, Mississippi or Alabama. So it doesn't matter. But this is just catering to the dumb biases of Volvo-driving NPR-Bassatted (ph) lefties who look down on a good portion of the country.

HANNITY: You know, I lived in Alabama for a couple of years, Joe, as you know. I lived in Atlanta for four years of my life. This is as phony a caricature that they are ginning up here. Isn't this by every definition prejudice?

JOE TRIPPI, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Well, I mean, first of all, I agree with Tucker that both Mississippi and Alabama are unlikely in any stretch of the imagination a vote for Obama.

HANNITY: Isn't this a false narrative?

TRIPPI: -- that it matters. Well, on the PP poll, they have been pretty accurate on other stuff. But I don't like the methodology of the Robo- thing. I think that can get this false. I think people who want to needle the president will say, you know, will use the Muslim word to try to needle him. So, I think there are some problems here. But on the other hand, there are a lot of people who believe this. I don't know how it helps the president, by the way, for a poll to say that this many people think he's a Muslim in the South. I don't understand how that.

HANNITY: Let me give you another example. Let me give you another example. This fiction movie that came out over the weekend, "Game Change." I watched it. All this was was an attempt to smear Governor Palin, conservatives, create a false caricature. It's often done by the left. But in this case, they portray, you know, Republican voters, Palin/McCain voters as -- as violent racists and bigoted people. Watch this from that movie.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: For a man who has written two memoirs, he is no open book. What does Barack Obama see for America?


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He's a socialist!

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He doesn't represent us!

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He doesn't belong here!

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He hangs out with people who hate our country!


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Send him back to Africa!


HANNITY: What do you think of that, Tucker?

CARLSON: Well, I mean, it's just kind of a more of the same. Look, by the way, when news stories appear chronicling people's unreasonable dislike of Barack Obama, they don't like him because they're bigots, that does help Obama. Because it puts him in the position of the persecuted decent guy who people dislike because they're hateful and racist. So, yes, there's actually a political effect to this stuff.

But look, it's entirely possible, this is a news flash for a lot of liberals, to disagree with Obama's policies and to dislike his presidency because you just don't agree with what he is doing. I mean, that's entirely, entirely valid. As to this poll, it's complete nonsense --

HANNITY: Yes, I would want to see a poll.

CARLSON: Can I ask one question? Why are liberals outraged at the idea that people think he's a Muslim? Is it bad to be a Muslim now in the eyes of liberals? Why is that such a slur? Are liberals anti-Muslim? Like, why is that set them off?

HANNITY: The president was in Jeremiah Wright's church. No one doubts that he's a professed Christian on the program.

CARLSON: Well, I don't doubt it, but what's the point of being mad about it?

HANNITY: I don't like black liberation theology. Well, we'll let Joe answer that.

TRIPPI: It's denial -- but it's denial to think that there are people out there who think that. I mean, it keeps showing up, not just this poll, but other polls have shown 20-25 percent of the country believes it. It's a mantra that has been out there for some time. And on the movie, look, the fact is, it was the McCain campaign and Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace and other people who cooperated with the people who wrote the book, wrote the screenplay, et cetera. So, this wasn't just some liberals conspiracy here.

HANNITY: Joe, I was there, Joe.

TRIPPI: There were people who agreed with this stuff. I mean, who let them in and let them watch it.

HANNITY: This is as false a caricature that they tried to turn this into -- what some people's motivation is, I don't know here. But having watched the movie, this is absolutely, positively a smear. But, you know, I don't have much more time to get into it but it's --

TRIPPI: Well, I have been inside a campaign, where you let embedded reporters and you let them see what's going on. And once you do that, you know, you got to take some responsibility for it. And the McCain campaign let them in. And so this is, you know, not just all liberals, you know, conspiring to put this image out that, that they let it happen. And I think they helped it by reporting this, by saying that -- saying that Sarah Palin was this way. I don't necessarily agree with it, but that's what they did.

HANNITY: I have been around Governor Palin enough to know that it's fundamentally at its core, false. Guys, good to see you. Thanks for being with us.

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