Chris Rock on Alcee Hastings on Sarah Palin

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 26, 2008 3:53pm

Comedian Chris Rock was asked to weigh in on some odd comments by Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., about Gov. Sarah Palin.

As ABC News’ Teddy Davis reported earlier this week, Hastings told voters on Wednesday that "if Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention. Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through."

Hastings spokesman David Goldenberg told ABC News that he was trying to argue that Palin is an "extremely conservative woman who is out of touch with mainstream America."

On CNN’s "Larry King Live," Rock was asked about the comments.

KING: Congressman Alcee Hastings of Florida, I knew a long time ago when I lived there, who is both black and a Democrat, is warning against Palin because he says, quote, anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. That a little rough?

ROCK: Who is this guy?

KING: Alcee Hastings.

ROCK: I never heard of him.

KING: He was a judge. He was indicted.

ROCK: Don’t compare me to a moose.

KING: No. He was not —

ROCK: Are you calling me a moose?

KING: No, I’m not calling you a moose. That’s what he said.

ROCK: Who is this guy?

KING: He’s a congressman.

ROCK: Are you making news or reporting the news? Let’s find the craziest black quote we can find —

KING: OK.

ROCK: And just —

KING: What he is trying to say is that a woman who —

ROCK: Who compares — what the hell do I have to do with a moose, Larry?

KING: No, no, he says that any woman who totes guns and strips moose, that’s her —

ROCK: Right.

KING: Can’t care too much about Jews and blacks.

ROCK: Larry, what the hell does this have to do — mooses or moose. I don’t know.

KING: Mooses?

ROCK: I don’t know. I didn’t go to a fancy school, man. But — yes. She does kill moose. She does kill them.

KING: Yes.

ROCK: Yes, I know.

KING: Do you know anybody in your community who kills moose? That’s the point.

ROCK: Every time I see her with a dead moose, I’m like, why is Michael Vick in jail? Isn’t killing animals bad?

KING: You have a point.

- jpt

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