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House Democrats planning to make race in issue in 2012?

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," May 14, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: House Democrats held a training session last week, and now disturbing new details about that conference are being released.

Now, the presentation was designed to teach Democratic members of Congress and their staffers how to make race an issue in the upcoming elections.

Now, the Washington Examiner obtained materials from the House briefing that calls on Democrats to take the words of Republicans out of context and to criticize racially, quote, "coded" conservative messages.

Now clearly these desperate Democrats will do just about anything to keep the focus of this election away from this failed record of the president. And this is the not the first time that they have worked to make race an issue.

Here with reaction, nationally syndicated radio talk show host with the Salem Radio Network, Mike Gallagher. And from the New York Civil Rights Coalition, Mike Meyers.

All right. Let's go back in history. This is a pattern. This is nothing new. Democrats -- we know that they are dividing the country along class lines, like you talk about class warfare. We know the war on women exists. Al Sharpton said there's a war against blacks now by Republicans and Howard Dean says, Republicans don't like Latinos.

Let's go back to 1998. Democratic Party, the state is Missouri. A radio ad.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP, MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC PARTY, NOV. 1998)

ANNOUNCER: When you don't vote, you let another church explode. When you don't vote, you allow another cross to burn. When you don't vote, you let another assault wound a brother or sister. When you don't vote, you let the Republicans continue to cut school lunches and Head Start.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

HANNITY: A lot has not changed since 1998, has it?

MICHAEL MEYERS, NEW YORK CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION: Except 2008. Remember, don't we all long for the rhetoric of Barack Obama when he said there's no black America, there's no white America, there is only the United States of America? Now, a lot has changed since 2008 and 2012. And that's because --

HANNITY: Even Bill Clinton said though, they played the race card against me, meaning Bill Clinton.

MEYERS: Well, yes. He also played his race card long before the campaign against Barack Obama. I mean, he was our first black American president, remember?

MIKE GALLAGHER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: The first gay president.

MEYERS: Before we had the first gay president. But yes, this is just really so disappointing. And that we are now dealing in racial division again and acting as though America has not changed since the '50s. They are taking us right back to the past.

GALLAGHER: The tragedy is, and no one is better equipped to say this than a black man in America like Michael, but there are authentic race problems in America. This completely makes real race problems inauthentic.

HANNITY: It's a strategy.

GALLAGHER: It just becomes an artificial -- it's just a strategy. It's a political ploy to say how do we gain votes. And yet, for the people who have truly experienced discrimination, who have been the recipient of racial hatred and contempt, they don't count because this is fake, it's phony, it's a fraudulent --

HANNITY: But wait, let me go back to 2000, and we can go through every election. That was in 1998. This is 2000. This is Al Gore at the NAACP convention.

MEYERS: Yes, I remember.

HANNITY: Listen to this.

(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP, JULY 12, 2000)

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE: And blocking an accurate Census because they don't want to count everyone that they don't think they can count on. I want to count everyone. I want to count all the people of this country.

(END AUDIO CLIP)

HANNITY: And then he screams, "They don't even want to count you in the census!" And then, of course, the James Byrd ad.

MEYERS: Yes. I remember that Al Gore speech and he even went into black dialect just like Hillary Clinton went into black dialect. They do this in every campaign cycle. And I don't mean they, meaning the Democrats, I mean, people who are cynical politicians who act like black Americans are different than whites and whites are different than blacks.

HANNITY: But isn't it the Democrats? Tell me where the Republicans are doing it.

GALLAGHER: Never.

MEYERS: Well, let me put it this way.

HANNITY: There might be one example in the past that I can think about but not many.

MEYERS: But let me put it this way. Because I don't see things as Republican or Democrat, but I do see things as being real and unreal and silly and disgusting.

HANNITY: But this isn't silly. This is now, we are talking about a strategy meeting here.

MEYERS: Right.

HANNITY: A coordinated effort.

MEYERS: That's what they're going to say.

HANNITY: To portray conservative voices as racist.

GALLAGHER: But the mystery is, do they really believe it or is it just a strategy to try to gain votes?

(CROSSTALK)

I mean, well, look at what we have today. I mean, look at Maxine Waters, talking about the devils and the demons, the white demons. But this is 2012. I mean, this is not 1998. So, you know, I don't know if they have this kind of contempt in their heart, but if they do, what a tragic life they live that they think that the whole world is out to get them.

HANNITY: All right. So, here's the question I have. Now they have the strategy session and they want to use race to divide the country. Now, then the surrogates of the president, that's Al Sharpton, saying there's a war against blacks and of course, there's a phony war against women and then the class warfare that's going on. And Howard Dean, another surrogates, says, Republicans don't like Latinos. I mean, how many more divisions can they make here?

GALLAGHER: They figure they all come to a whole in the re-election. But the consultant, the trainer, you have to get in training sessions about race. The whole thing about training sessions about race they tell you how to think and how to talk about race, and if you disagree with them, then you are a racist.

HANNITY: Do you think this will work, Mike?

MEYERS: No. I think people are fed up with this. You said it a moment ago, Sean. This is a giant distraction. All of these distractions, as you said, hope they add up to a whole. But what it is is, we can't run on the record, we can't run on the state of the economy. We can't really run on the state of relations right now, even racial relations for that matter. Look at the contention out of Stanford and all the ugly stuff we've seen. So let's gin it all up and make the contrived controversies and hope the American people don't pay attention to it.

HANNITY: And then we will accept $1 million from Bill Maher.

MEYERS: But the trainer they invited, Maya Wiley (ph) whose father I knew as a kid, her website says that the conservative movement is a racist movement that. The conservative movement is using racial code words in order to divide America.

GALLAGHER: And the truth is conservatives are less racially inclined --

MEYERS: But that's where you get the whole thing about the Tea Party being racist, that's where you get the criticism of Barack Obama being racist because he's the first black American, and you have people coming around with the black president because he's black. That's racist.

GALLAGHER: It doesn't stick anymore.

MEYERS: I think you're right, it doesn't. It won't.

HANNITY: Even the stuff about school lunches and wanting granny over the cliff, it's in the '98 ad, but I have to roll. Guys, good to see you. Thank you both.

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