Glenn’s been pretty vocal about his issues with cop-hating rapper Common being invited to a White House poetry jam. Is Glenn just an out of touch old fogey, or is the invite the latest example of the administrations direspect and disregard for police officers.
“Common has performed at the White House for poetry night. It is an outrage and Jay Carney has defended the decision by saying that the reports are deliberately being distorted,” Glenn said.
“Do you know who he's praising in his cop‑killing rap? You know who he's praising?” Glenn asked. “
In one of his songs, Common praises Assata Shakur, who killed a police officer in 1973. She was convicted for first degree murder but escaped from prison and is in exile.
The song also praises Kathy Boudin from the Weather Underground, and her son was raised by William Ayers while she was in prison for felony murder and robbery. The robbery that led to her arrest resulted in the death of multiple police officers.
“This is who the White House invited for poetry night, the guy saying, hey, these guys are great, and they don't have a problem with it. Nothing can be done about it except this should be on the radar of every police officer you know,” Glenn said.
“I like movies about terrible things sometimes. I completely am fine with that. The point is, though, when you are talking about the White House honoring him as this wonderful poet when he's doing poetry about killing cops, I think there's a big separation there about someone's personal entertainment and what the White House is promoting,” Stu argued.
Glenn disagreed with this assessment. He said that you can have entertainment that contains depictions of horrible events, but there is a line between that and something that holds up cop killers as heroes to be praised.
“This particular song is holding up a cop killer, and then he has other lyrics where he's talking about, hey, I got a gun and I'm going to make the cops run. Excuse me? There's no entertainment in that. That's evil entertainment,” he said.