January 21, 2016 - Track Palin's Arrest & Black Awards Shows

  • 01/21/2016

Sarah Palin blames her son's violent behavior on President Obama, and Larry explores the necessity of black awards shows with Jemele Hill, Jordan Carlos and Robin Thede.

AUDIENCE (chanting):Larry! Larry! Larry!

Yes. Thank you very much.

AUDIENCE (chanting):Larry! Larry! Larry!

-Welcome. Oh, my God. Oh.-Larry! Larry! Larry! Larry!

Thank you so much.Please, thank you.

Welcome. I love it."Larry. Larry. Larry. Larry."

We had some harmony goingover there, I think.

I'm not sure what it was.

Welcome to The Nightly Show. I am Larry Wilmore.

Man, we havea great show tonight,

but before we get to it,I have to take a minute

and mention the winter stormthat's hitting our nation.

Not the snowstorm,but the (bleep) storm

coming outof this woman's mouth.

Our vets, and you deservea commander-in-chief

who will respect what it isthat our forces go through

and would neverleave them behind!

A commander-in-chiefwho would never lie

to the families of the fallen.

God, not this again.


I can't take it, you guys.

I thoughtwe left her behind in 2008

along with Jeremiah Wrightand Jack Johnson.


Why is she still here?

And, by the way,what prompted Sarah Palin

to take a dump on Obama

as the commander-in-chiefof our military?

MAN: Police arrested Track Palin this week

for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

Authorities say the veteran also threatened

to shoot himself with an AR-15 assault weapon.

Palin telling the crowd her son is coping with PTSD.

Okay, look, I make funof Sarah Palin a lot,

but PTSD is no joke.

They is a serious problemthat, unfortunately,

a lot of soldiers haveto struggle with.

MAN: Palin telling the crowd her son is coping with PTSD,

tying his troubles to a president,

she says, who neglects veterans.

-Wait. What?!-WOMAN: What?!

She's blaming this on Obama?

Oh. (sighs)


Calm down, Larry.Calm down.


Let me hear.

But my son,like so many others--

they come back a bit different.

They come back hardened.

They come back wonderingif there is that respect

for what it is that their fellowsoldiers and airmen

and every other memberof the military,

so sacrificially have givento this country.

And that startsfrom that... the top.

The question, though, that comesfrom our own president,

where they have to look at himand wonder,

"Do you knowwhat we go through?"

Um, excuse me,

but you can't just crawl out

of your frozen igloo(bleep) shack...


...um, once every election cycle

just so you can becomenauseatingly relevant

and spew recycled partisancrazy sauce all over everybody.


And then use an issueas serious as PTSD,

let alone pimp out your own sonand his problems.


I mean,none of our soldiers deserve

to have these problemsbecome partisan issues.

(applause and cheering)


you're sayingObama's a horrible president.

I'm sayingyou're a horrible human.

(cheers and applause)

So, please,please, please, please,

please, for the love of God,just leave us the (bleep) alone.

(applause and cheering)

(quietly):Please... just go.

Just go.

All right!

All right, now it's time tocheck in with The Unblackening.


It just make me as happy.

Wait. No, I'm sad.

All right,we turn to New Hampshire

where locals are preparingfor winter storm Bernie.

The latest pollin New Hampshire finds

the Democratic primary there isturning into no contest at all.

Bernie Sanders leadsHillary Clinton by 27 points.

-27? Ooh.-(whooping)


27, as in the number of dressesin 27 Dresses?

I'm no Katherine Heigl filmtheorist, but I'm pretty sure

the implication was that27 is a comically large number.

So why is Bernie so far ahead?

I mean, I getthat he's a popular senator

from the state of Vermont, whichis right next to New Hampshire,

but Hillary beat Obama therein 2008,

and together with her husband,

the Clintons have beencampaigning in New Hampshire

for 25 years, which is two yearsshy of a Heigl.


But Bernie's messageand 74-year-old socialist charm

can't be the only thing leadinghis surge, so what is it?

A new development in theSecretary Clinton e-mail story.

They have found some e-mailsthat are classified

at a higher designationthan top secret.

More top secret.

This is a problem.

Yes, this is a problem...with words.


You know, "top secret"means the most secret, right?

I mean, when you saysomething is more top secret,

it eliminates the entire pointof the words "top secret."

This message is broughtto you by words.

-WOMAN: Yeah! Yeah!-Word.

-(applause and cheering)-All right.

Okay, this is amazing to me.

I can't believe it.So more e-mails.

That's what you're telling meright before New Hampshire?

Okay, so,why do these keep coming out?

I thought when they came out,they were just boom,

they were just,like, out, right?

But, guys, I don't know.

It's almost like they're beingreleased strategically.

WOMAN:Her campaign spokesman

accusing the intelligencecommunity's inspector general

of coordinating with the GOP tohurt Hillary Clinton's campaign.

The inspector general?

The inspector generalwas appointed

by the Obama administration.

Are they trying to say

that the Obama administrationis responsible for these leaks?

Okay, if that's true,this is a bigger conspiracy

than that whole Avril Lavigne mishegas from 2003.

She's not dead, you guys.


Paul's still alive,too, by the way.

Okay, let me seeif I understand this properly.

So Obama's not only creatinghavoc in Sarah Palin's family,

but he's also trying to bringdown Hillary's campaign?

Where is he gettingall this free time

for these extracurricularactivities.

I mean, between this,

and secretly prayingfive times a day,

it feels impossible to me.

(laughter and groaning)

I just don't knowwhen he can do it.

-(applause)-All right, here's the thing.

Okay. Luckily,we have just secured a source

inside the White Housewho can tell us

whether the administrationwas involved or not.

Okay, so, please welcomeour secret White House Mole.

How you doing?How you doing, Larry?

-(cheers and applause)-How you doing?

Uh, welcome, Bones.So, uh,

is the White House,uh, behind these leaks?

Uh, now, look, uh,

I have iton good authority that, uh...

that the president, uh,had nothing to do with this

Um... but...

but can you be sure?

Uh, let's just say

I know the guy pretty well.

Hold on a second.

You-you sound like Obama.

Oh, oh, th-that's just 'cause

when you hang aroundsomebody, you...

you-you pick uptheir mannerisms.

Like, if you went to England,

you'd start saying,"Jolly good."

Mm... All right, well, look,

it seems like these arecoordinated leaks

meant to hurt Hillary.Uh, who's your best guess?

Well, the informationinvolved is sensitive,

uh, way above your pay grade,

beyond top secret.

Why are therelevels of secrecy

beyond top secret?

You know, why are therelevels of popcorn

beyond Pop Secret?

I-I don't know.

That doesn't make any sense.

Wait, hold on, do you smoke?

Shh. Shh!

-Michelle will kill me.-Okay.

Michelle--come on, you are Obama.

No, no, no, no, no--I meant Michel.

Uh, it's my...my doctor's name.

You know?He's-he's quite French.

Okay, look,

even if it's not Obamaspecifically doing the leaking,

someone from the administrationor the White House

or somebody over there--it seems like they're trying

to hurt Hillary,and wouldn't that have to be

-with Obama's tacit approval?-(laughs)

Larry, listen to yourself.You sound like a conspiracy nut.

Uh, do you-do you thinkmaybe it was Sasha or Malia?

Or-or maybe Bo the dogpicked up the phone

and dialed The Washington Post.

You, sir, are delusional.

-You, sir, are Obama.-No, no.

N-No, I'm not, I'm not.I'm not. N-No.

-All right.-Let me be clear.


Okay?Let me be clear.

-Everything you say soundsexactly like him. -No, no...

-I know, it's weird, it's weird.-Okay, I'm listening.

-Go on, be clear. -Work withthe man, this is what happens.

-Look, look, Obama's not downon Hillary. -All right. Okay.

Al-Although he had...he'd have ever right to be

after all the awful thingsHillary and Bill

said about him,uh, in the 2008 primary.

What, you mean like when theyreferred to Obama's campaign,

like, as a fairy tale? Hold on--he's still upset at that?

No, he-he's notupset about that.

He-he does nothold on to things.

That is not why he still smokes.

-Oh, my God.-Now-now look, now look...

Look, folks, I-I got to go...

I got to go pick up Sashafrom soccer practice.


How are not the president?

Sasha is a very common name.

Much like Leilani in Hawaii,

which I hear is a very,uh, nice place.

I don't believeanything you say.

Our supposedly secretWhite House source, everybody.

We'll be right back.You're Obama.

-♪ -(cheering, applause)

Welcome back.So, our next story...

Thank you.Our next story hails from

the epicenter of black culture,St. Paul, Minnesota.

A St. Paul police officeris on leave,

accused of advising driversthrough Facebook

to, "run over any protestersin their way."

It referred to today's Black Lives Matter MLK justice rally.

The post said, "run them over, keep traffic flowing,

"and don't slow down for any of these idiots

who try and block the streets."

No, that's right,a Minnesota cop

told drivers to run overprotesters at an MLK Day rally.

Now, I know what you'rethinking, guys-- Minnesota?

That sounds like someDeep South-style racism.

I mean, usuallyMidwestern racism is more,

"Oh, geez, you're black."

"Okay, all right, uh...

just gonnalock my car door here. Uh..."

Uh, you're all good.

"Okay, so thenthere's that, okay."

I mean, I can't believe this.What else did the post say?

REPORTER: The post also advised people

how they could get away with it.

Not only is this horrible,

but it also gives away the plotto Shonda Rhimes' new hit drama

How to Get Away with Running Over Black People.

She's gonna be really upsetabout that, you guys.

All right, for more on this,let's talk to a member

of the St. PaulPolice Department.

Please welcomeOfficer Peggy Grendelson.

-Hi, Larry, how's it goin',then? -(cheering, applause)

Uh, now, Peggy, uh, you agree

that this wasa disgusting act, right?

Oh, for sure, Larry.

Putting somethinglike this up on Facebook

is absolutely unforgivable,you betcha.

I know, I know.

On Facebook.That cop was out of his mind.

Oh, yah.What was he thinking?

At least create a private group.

Called, oh, I don't know,

"Let's Run Over Uppity BlacksWho Won't Quit Yappin'".

-What? -And then you can controlwho sees your hateful posts.

Or you could just not postawful things like that.

Yeah, I suppose.

We're on the same page there.

No, we're noton the same page there.

I-I'm trying to find outwhere you stand on this.

Now, the cop gave specificadvice that

after you run someone overyou go tell the police

and tell themyou felt threatened.

Now, you agreethat that's wrong, right?

Oh, yeah.The first thing you should do

after you mow downloud blacks on a bridge

is not tell a cop.

Go to the car wash.

Then you take it overto Heppner's Auto Body.

While they'redinging out the dents,

just bop on overto Caribou Coffee.

Caribou Coffee?

Oh, yeah.

They keep the coffeereal hot over there.

They don't let it get medium.We're on the same page.

No, we are not on the same page.

We're-we're not evenin the same book, okay?

I don't even understandhow you can be so nice

and be so horrible.

Yeah, well, okay, then.Great talking to you.

Great talking to you,too, I think.

Peggy Grendelson, everybody.We'll be right back.

-Bye-bye, now. Take care.-♪ -(cheering, applause)

Welcome back.I'm here with my panel.

First up, Nightly Show contributor Jordan Carlos.

-Hey, how are you?-(cheering, applause)

And Nightly Show contributor Robin Thede.

(cheering, applause)

And she's the host of His & Hers on ESPN2 weekdays at noon.

-Jemele Hill.-(cheering, applause)

And for everyone at home,join our conversation right now

on Twitter @NightlyShowusing #Tonightly.

Okay, so earlier this week wetalked about the Academy Awards

and, uh, #OscarsSoWhite,

This has, uh, been really...

everybody's been talking aboutthis, and, uh...

everybody keeps weighing in.

So the latestis actress Stacey Dash,

who had this to sayon Fox News.

Either we want to havesegregation or integration.

And if we don't wantsegregation, then we need

to get rid of channels like BET

and the BET Awardsand the Image Awards,

where you're only awardedif you're black.

If it were the other way around,we would be up in arms.

It's a double standard.

-Okay, I... Hold on, guys.-(loud groan)

I don't want to focus on howcray-cray Stacey is, all right?

Um, but do black people stillneed their own awards shows?

Well, that's the-the travestyof it is that we do,

is that what she doesn't get...And I-I think a lot of us

have been hit with that questionbefore. "Well, if it was

"on the other side,you know, if you had

"White Entertainment Television,

what would you thinkabout that?"

-You mean CBS?-Yeah. Exactly.

-It's just television.-Right? But the...

They're-they're a response to,okay?

They're a response to the fact

that we've been segregatedagainst.

We did it because we wereexcluded from those things.

-Exactly.-Right? It's much just like, uh,

historically black colleges.They were created

-'cause we couldn't goto the big schools. -Right.

-And so it was a necessity.-Or it's like Ebony.

"How come there'sall black people in Ebony?"

'Cause there was a magazinecalled Life.

-You're right.-But it didn't show black life.

Well, and also, justto clear this up, she's wrong.

Black people are notthe only people that can get

BET Awards and Image Awards.

Sandra Bullock's nominatedfor an Image Award. Uh...

-Yeah, but she has black kids.-Yes, that's true.

Sam Smith wonthe Best New Artist or whatever

-at the BET Awards.-Yeah, but he sounds black.

-No!-I think...

I think George Lucas,George Lucas won one.

-Yeah, but he has a black wife.-Ye... No! -Okay, okay!

Okay, Larry! But-butawards shows, you know...

awards shows, all awards shows,you know, what do they do?

They give... they give, uh,artists confidence, recognition,

-affirmation.And more than that, -Yeah.

like, it says we don't need theaffirmation of the mainstream,

you know? And-and I-I thinkby just saying that

I may have get... gottena little closer to getting

a BET Award. What do you think?

No. You're gonna haveto be Sam Smith.

Um, do you... do you thinkthose awards shows

keep us out of the mainstream?

Like, do people say, "Well,they already got the BET Award.

-Why do they need an Oscar?"-No. No, no. -No. The Oscars

and the BET Awardshave coexisted peacefully

-for many, many years. Right?-I don't think you can compare

-the Oscar and the BET Awards.-Of course.

The BETS are the black Oscars,guys.

Uh, no. But... Listen,it's Stacey Dash. Come on.

I mean, BET was the only networkemploying her for many years

-post-Clueless. -Yeah. Yeah.

And BET tweeted, "Can we getour money back from The Game?"

I mean, she... Like, way to bitethe hand that feeds you.

-That's not cool. -Well,that's the best clap-back tweet

-I think they've ever had.-The best. -Yeah.

But not only that, Jet magazine, King magazine,

like, she was the blackpinup girl for a long time

-only because black peoplewere putting her on. -Yes.

Maybe she doesn't understandthis, but the white people

really weren't (bleep) with youuntil you started talking

-about black people. All right?-Yeah. That's right.

They didn't know who you werebefore Clueless.

Mo' Money was just onlast night. I watched it.

But is there one...is there any black awards show

we can get rid of? I mean,the Source Awards is gone.

-What?! -But all peop... allpeople did was shoot each other

-at the Source Awards. -Why doblack people have to get rid

of their awards shows?Why is there

an iHeartRadio show?

Can't that go? Who watches that?

-I have no idea.-Hey, as long as they do nothing

-with the ESPYS, you know?-No, no. Keep the ESPYS.

-Keep the ESPYS. -Whatabout the Kids' Choice Awards?

I mean, we can go without slime.Like, I think we'll be fine.

-Why... -Well, and also... -Idon't think, like, Latin Grammys

-makes me think that-thatLatin artists -Oh, boy.

shouldn't win regular Grammysthough, so... Yeah.

Well, that's whatI was gonna say. What about

the Country Music Awards,the ALMAs, the GLAAD Awards?

Like, everybody wantsto award their community.

-Yeah. -Yeah. -It's fine.It doesn't preclude

the other awards from happening.

I think it's like this...Yeah. Right on.

Or from being involvedin the awards.

-That's right. That's right.-Right. That's the big thing.

And there are lotsof black people who have Oscars

and BET Awards. I just wantto keep comparing the two.

-You really want to hostthe BET Awards. -BET has been

-very nice to me.-She really does. -Yes.

I just feel like...I mean, when it comes to dissent

and things like that and-andthe thought of boycotting,

that-that African-Americans,we're like, when it comes

to protests,we're like the Marines.

-We always go in first, and, uh,-Yeah. Yeah.

-and it's never pretty, you knowwhat I mean? And... -Front line.

But we open the door,and then it... and then it-it,

like, opens doors for-for gays,for lesbians.

You know, like,on and on and on. And...

For Asians. Because people willbe like, "What about Latinos?"

-And things like that.Well, we... -Well, yeah.

The whole point for these thingsis... I mean,

Ralph Ellison said it best,you know, in the Invisible Man.

We were invisible.That we had to create ways

to create some visibilityfor ourselves.

-Yeah. No, no, that'sa big thing. -That's right.

It really is the bottom line,you know?

Yeah. Well, that's why this ideathat we're segregating ourselves

is a real false narrative,is that...

I think the existence we liveand probably one

of the biggest problemsof racism is we have to deal

with the mainstream,but the mainstream doesn't have

-to deal with us.And that's why we have -Yes.

-some of these issuesthat we have. -Yeah.

-They can go on and pretendthat we don't exist, -Yeah.

and that's part of the reasonwhy we've had to create

-these alternate avenues.-Okay, since I have you here,

um, I have to ask.This was, uh, big news today.

The Buffalo Bills hiredtheir first full-time

-female assistant coach. -Ooh,a sports question. Look at this.

-WILMORE: Yeah. Okay. -CARLOS: It's the beginning of the end!

WILMORE: I want to know, do you think we'll ever see

a female head coach in a man's sport?

-Uh, I do. If I had to...if I had to guess, -Really?

I think it'd be the NBA.You already have Becky Hammon,

you have, uh, Nancy Liebermandoing some work with the Kings.

-Becky Hammon's at the Spurs,right? -So I think...

She's with the Spurs.Um, very well respected player

with one of the most respectedorganizations in sports.

And Gregg Popovich,that's a great blessing.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, but how doI get in the locker room?

Okay, Robin,what sport... what sport...

-Robin, I knowyou're a huge sports fan. -I am.

What sport do you think is...would be the most resistant

-to a female head coach? -Iwould've... I would say the NFL.

Definitely, definitely.But I-I would say, uh,

it's probably male gymnastics,probably gonna be

-the biggest holdouts of alltime. Uh... -Male gymnastics?

Don't you think?I mean, like, Béla's always...

Don't use this as your excuseto vent your anger

about being cutfrom the male gymnastics team.

Goddamn it! This is...If not here, then where?

Yeah. Guys,this is what this is about.

I couldn't stick the landing!I couldn't... I wasn't perfect!

-You know what I mean? SoI didn't make the team. -Yeah.

-One day. Just let all that hurtout. -Tell them... tell them

-what your favorite move was.-What my fa...

Well, it was the Iron Cross,you know what I mean?

-I was... Yeah, thank youvery much. -You really did this?

-Larry, no!-Oh, okay. Wow. -(laughter)

-I really thought.. I thought itwas real. -I had you. I had you!

-Yeah, that's the Iron Cross,right? Oh, my God. -(grunting)

Jordan Carlos, Renaissance man!

-We'll be right back!-(cheering and applause)

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Thanks to my panelists,Jordan Carlos, Robin Thede,

and Jemele Hill.Okay, we're almost out of time,

but before we go,I'm gonna keep it 100.

Keep It 100. All right.

Tonight's questionis from @MercurialMiss.

They ask, uh,"#KeepIt100 forever,

marry Sarah Palinor Stacey Dash?"

-Ooh!-Oh! Who you gonna marry?

-Ooh. -Oh, boy.-Oh, my God. -This is...

this is a horrible dilemma,you guys.

Oh, God.

I mean, I can't really answerthis, but...

-(groaning) -Oh, what? What?-Aw! Come on. -No.

-All right, all right. It w...-Come on, come on. I know.

All right, give me the tea,but... it would have to be

-Stacey Dash. I couldn't marrySarah Palin. -Oh, okay.

-I would never marry S-SarahPalin. -No, that's an answer.

-I believe you. -Did I keep it100? Thank you very much, guys.