He railed against gays, against blacks, against Hispanics, against Democrats — against virtually anyone and everyone who did not agree with or share his mythical vision of an America that never really existed except as an all-White all-1950s pre-Civil Rights mirage.
I wasted many, many hours listening to him in the 1970s.
I missed out on him for years because I got a job and Did Things. Unlike, I think, many of his diehard listeners.
When I happened to tune into him again in the mid or late 1980s. I was shocked at just how vile and actually mean he was. Could he have really been like that all the time I had listened earlier?
Yes. I think so.
He had a huge influence in New York City due to his audience. But despite that audience, elections usually went against his candidates, which I think further frustrated him. He was just a big fish in a very small pond and he wanted more.
Who got that more? Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh wove a fantasy America with trees made of treacle and children built by robots. An America that actually never existed, not even as a nostalgic mirage. And because he did it in very soothing tones, he got the national exposure that Grant always craved. And it forever stuck in Grant’s craw.
Like Limbaugh, Grant began to lose his hearing too. A physical manifestation of their philosophical and political deafness. Yet neither of them were ever self-aware enough to see that. Karma, bitches.
Grant was compelling radio. He was a dynamic personality. As such, he could have done some real good. But I don’t think he ever did. All he did was coalesce around him a group of people who had a narrow view of how they thought life worked and so were forever in a frenzy of frustration and despair. What a waste.