On Monday August, 1, 2016, the arrogant, egocentric and delusional leader of the Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine found the courage to appear on the popular ‘Bumper Show’, a widely listened-to radio talk show that is broadcasted on State Radio, ELBC/LBS—perhaps with the view of flexing his intellectual muscles and showing his ‘juice’ especially after the Unity Party Standard Bearer, Joseph Nyuma Boakai had appeared on the show to talk about his vision for the country.
Political pundits and commentators described Veep Boakai’s performance on the show as spectacularly magnificent, impressive and one that generated incredible reviews from the full complement of the Liberian public including the critical media. Like Veep Boakai’s appearance, Liberians across the country similarly glued to their receivers (radio) to listen to what new and how convincing would Cllr. Brumskine, the ill-famed tribal bigot and former lawyer of the dreaded National Patriot Front of Liberia(NPFL), sound—especially after the man (Boakai) he and other members of the dysfunctional opposition community are desperately yet vaguely attempting to deter and stop at the ballot box in October, had performed brilliantly in the marathon interview with revered broadcast journalist, Patrick Honnah. This writer reliably gathered that immediately after the Vice President remarkable performance in the interview, Brumskine called the host of the ‘Bumper Show’, journalist Honnah and requested to be given similar opportunity to appear and make his case for president and apparently prove to the Liberian people that he could do better than Boakai intellectually, but his performance sadly showed the reverse and shamefully fell below the belt—as his responses and comments were impregnated with contradictions, uncertainties and factual ambiguities . The plain and unvarnished truth is that Cllr. Brumskine performed dismally and shamefully right before the eyes of his staunch followers who have accompanied him to the LBS studio. An instant poll conducted by this writer to get the impression Liberians got from his near-two hours interview with Honnah established that people were massively unimpressed about his poor performance to the point that it took a daring toil on his already poor and rambling popularity rating. Thomas Vincent, a political science Instructor stated: Cllr. Brumskine blundered big time; he showed low capacity especially for someone seeking the highest office in our country. He could hardly answer the questions completely and most of the questions he either intentionally or unintentionally did not attempt, and even the ones he attempted; his responses were not precise and direct at all, something I find to be a classic deception”. At the same time, some critics of Brumskine described his inability to be unequivocal on vesting policy matters and concerns clearly shows that he is either unready or ill-prepared for the coveted Liberian presidency. The touching and revealing moment in the entire interview was when he was quizzed about a divisive and toxic comment he made at a political rally in Rivercess county, Cestos city—that “Bassa people were tired making other people president”. It was during the call-in session of the show when a caller named Otis Bundor called in and categorically accused Cllr. Brumskine of being divisive and a tribal bigot—on account of such statement he made during the rally in Rivercess County. Brumskine direct comment at the rally was; “Bassa [are] people tired of making other people president”, but when he was asked about the comment, the controversial and pompous LP political leader forcefully denied ever saying so even as host Honnah reminded him that he (Brumskine) said so. Brumskine vehemently contended that he never said so, stating, “Those are not my kind of words Patrick”. But Brumskine would soon realize that he had lied to the Liberian people with a stoned face when Honnah did justice to the well listened-to exchange by simply pressing the play button of the recording that fiercely struck Brumskine to the ground in no small way and dragged him in the pool of utter disgrace—exposing him as a brazen liar. Since the sad and embarrassing scenario, many Liberians firmly and rightly too, hold the view that Cllr. Brumskine is consummately dishonest and deceitful, hence, cannot and MUST not be trusted with the Liberian presidency. Patrick Honnah unrelentingly played the recording and justice was served the Liberian people, and the grumpy and unpalatable voice of the Liberty Party leader was heard and surely, he made the divisive comment. Since the striking episode that brought the former OTC lawyer down to his knees, this writer has reliably gathered from credible sources in the prime hierarchy of the Liberty Party that Brumskine has developed deep hatred for journalist Patrick Honnah and has openly mentioned to members of his team as well as his family folks that he hates Patrick Honnah to the zenith and would prefer to even sit under a dog for interview than to ever be interviewed by a Patrick Honnah—even threatening to avenge Honnah if he (Brumskine) became President; “that foolish boy embarrassed me and for that, he will pay the ultimate prize one faithful day. I know he did it in the interest of Joe Boakai,” the LP man is quoted as saying. But even in Brumskine’s camp, there are some who indicated to this writer on the basis of anonymity that since he uttered such scaring and disturbing threat against Patrick Honnah, they too are becoming to watch him with eagle eyes, that he could possibly be a leader with repressive and witch hunting instincts, some one who could easily eliminate critical thinkers and pounce on people with dissenting views. They admitted to this writer that Cllr. Brumskine became deflated and demeaned in the eyes of the public after Honnah played the recording carrying his real voice making the divisive statement, and to date, he is still haunted and feels ravaged by the embarrassing drama that ensued in the studio that faithful day. Another aspect of the interview was after the recording was played and Brumskine quickly summersaulted saying, “Yes, I said it but I spoke in context”. So, why couldn’t he admit saying it and argue that he was speaking in context? He rather chose to lie to the Liberian people, something many have described as the “height of deception”. The truth is that Brumskine is a chronic tribal lord who just spoke his true mind, not in any context as stated—and sadly for him this time, the recording was available to expose the ‘marauding monster’. By the way, this is not the first divisive comment Brumskine has made publicly. He is on record of saying that the people of Grand Bassa County will “beat ‘dumboy’ in the Mansion when he is elected President”—so tribalism and bigotry is a part of his nature, a kind of character that is pretty dangerous for a man seeking the presidency of a country where citizens are yearning for a leader that can reconcile and unite them rather than dividing them as Brumskine would invariably do should he ever become president of Liberia. Another horrible blunder committed and would hunt his candidacy all through the 2017 debate is his inference to supporting and tolerating gay marriage and practices in Liberia. When asked by host Honnah what will be his stand on gay marriage, he responded, “Should I become President of Liberia, I will take the oath to protect all Liberians” then pressed by the Host again, “even including gays?” He repeated; I will take the oath to protect all citizens meaning his government will tolerate gay marriage and practices in blatant defiance, gross disrespect and abuse of Liberia’s sacred traditional culture. Political pundits are of the view that at that point of the interview, Brumskine grilled himself and hugely slimmed his chances of becoming President of a Liberia whose population is dominated by a traditional and indigenous majority who has absolute zero tolerance to gay marriage and other forms of western immorality—and will not even imagine for a second that their President will ever dream of mentioning such to them—meaning Brumskine is just DONE!!! The third blunder is regarding his comments about retiring on his farm. After the bruising 2011 presidential poll where he was disgracefully wiped and shamefully came fourth behind former war lord Prince Johnson, Brumskine announced his retirement from national politics and a new life in farming. He stayed on his farm from 2012 to 2014 and onward to 2015 when he astonishingly returned to politics. Interestingly, when he was asked by a caller what did he grow for the amount of years he was on his farm; the Liberty Party leader who often boasts of having a ‘master plan’ for agriculture development in Liberia, said he grew nothing, but while on his farm he experienced the challenges endured by small Liberian farmers. The Million dollar question is; how could he have experienced the challenges of subsistent farming when he had grown absolutely nothing, not even pepper, by the way? Some Liberians have described him as a very ‘lazy man’ on grounds that he could stay on his ‘so called’ farm for over two years and could hardly produce pepper, one of the easiest and simplest vegetables anyone can grow—even in a backyard. Brumskine is standing for President for the third time and believes this time he will get the aim right with the view that the opposition will form a united front and have him head the ticket, but hints from the opposition circles point to the contrary as George Oppong Weah and other opposition leaders are not willing to surrender their fates to a rather desperate, erratic, pompous, inconsistent, arrogant and bigoted Brumskine. Brumskine, a former protégé of former President and war criminal Charles Taylor has certainly done well and made a bit of fortune in his law practice, at least, as he claims, but it seems he is not smart at politics and may not just succeed at it, many from his ranks believe. He has several lapses or defects that make politics difficult if not impossible for him. He doesn’t know how to talk or what to say at a given time, he doesn’t have a friendly character to endear and wheel people to him, he is not liked by the electorate as previous elections’ results have shown and current public polls are showing, he doesn’t seem to be honest and his support for gay marriage and practices even makes it WORSE.