*Andrew Breitbart, who posted the now infamous edited video that caused former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod to be branded as a “racist” and lose her job is now changing his tune somewhat.
“If I could do it all over again, I should have waited for the full video to get to me,” Breitbart told Newsweek in an interview Friday, adding:
“As difficult as it probably was for her, it’s been difficult for me as well, especially to hear her hurl an accusation of racism at me, when my motivation is absolutely pure and is driven by a desire for this country to move beyond its horrid racist past.”
As far as the lawsuit that Sherrod says she’s filing against him, Breitbart says he’d “go anywhere to have a private discussion with her.”
Yes, we bet he would. Meanwhile, here are some excerpts from the interview:
Shirley Sherrod has said she will sue you. What’s your response?
I’m not going to respond to the lawsuit. She mentioned it last week, when it fueled 36 hours of coverage, and then again this week, when it fueled another round of coverage. Until there’s a lawsuit, unless there’s something to answer to, there’s nothing I can comment on.
If it came to pass, would you settle or fight it?
If there’s a lawsuit, there will be a legal team.
She said she simply wanted an apology. Why not just do it?
All I can say is that this is a person on national television who said I wanted to put blacks back into slavery. This thing has gotten to a place that’s far beyond where it should be. I’d be more than happy to meet with her in private and have a discussion with her.
Is that an invitation?
Sure, I’ll go wherever she wants. I’ll go to Albany, Ga. I’ll go anywhere to have a private discussion with her.
If Sherrod wanted to meet with you, what would you tell her?
I’d have a long discussion with her, and I’d tell her that I’m not one of these people in this country that thinks racism doesn’t exist. And that I’m not one of these people who says that she hasn’t suffered from racism. And that the scars of her racism aren’t warranted. But I’d also tell her that my passion in life and my political trajectory from left to right was born from watching the Clarence Thomas hearings. I didn’t understand how he NAACP sat on its hands while privileged white gentlemen hammered him mercilessly and humiliated him and the media and the NAACP allowed for it to happen.
Do you regret how this all went down?
Look, there’s a lot of blame to go around on this story, and it’s very convenient to try to place it all on me when the Obama administration and the NAACP were also involved. I don’t think anybody looks particularly good in this thing.
Read more at Newsweek.