Beth Grossman, the Republican nominee for district attorney in Philadelphia, had a story to tell about a billionaire conservatives love to hate.
Curt Schilling, the controversial former Phillies pitcher turned conservative radio show host, had the platform to broadcast Grossman’s tale.
They got together Wednesday morning when Grossman called in to Schilling’s online show on the Breitbart Radio Network, complaining about billionaire George Soros’ backing her Democratic opponent, Larry Krasner.
“My opponent won the primary because George Soros, a billionaire with whatever sinister agenda he has, threw $1.4 million, if not more, into the election and really bought it for him,” Grossman said.
Schilling was catching what Grossman was pitching, noting that the previous caller – Kevin from Florida – had long warned about the dangers of Soros.
“You’ve heard Kevin talk about the fact that George Soros’ fingers go way further down in the sand than you think they do,” Schilling said.
Kevin from Florida had more thoughts to offer on Schilling’s Wednesday show.
During a discussion about North Korea and national security, he side-armed this curveball: “Nobody spoke up when we had that raghead, Obama, and that transvestite woman in the White House.”
Schilling initially laughed but then gently chided Kevin about his language, while also calling him “one of the smartest human beings I’ve ever met” and twice plugging Kevin’s website.
“I know you don’t care, but when you talk like that people tune you out,” Schilling told Kevin. “They’re just going to label you a racist.”
Schilling several times during his Wednesday broadcast complained about conservatives being automatically branded as racists for their beliefs.
Breitbart in October launched Schilling’s online radio show, “Whatever It Takes,” broadcast from his home in the suburbs of Boston, after ESPN fired him in April 2016 for controversial conduct.
Racism didn’t come up during his discussion with Grossman, where Schilling said nice things and not so nice things about the city where he starred for nine seasons.
He called Philadelphia “a wonderful city” at the start of his time with Grossman and closed by calling it an “incredibly awesome city.”
But he also framed the challenge Grossman is seeking like this: “Downtown Philadelphia, the inner city in Philadelphia, is one of the most violent places in the country.”
Grossman, a former Democrat who served as an assistant district attorney for 21 years, told Schilling she was motivated to run for office due to recent local cases of public corruption, including the bribery charge that landed former District Attorney Seth Williams behind bars, awaiting sentencing in October.
Despite her complaints about Soros, she saw an upside to his support for Krasner, a defense attorney for three decades known for civil rights cases, who has never worked as a prosecutor. Krasner defeated six Democratic primary opponents, five of whom had previously been prosecutors.
“I think if any of the other six Democratic challengers had won — please excuse my language — but I think I’d have my ass handed to me,” she said when Schilling asked about her odds vs. Krasner. “His ideas are so extreme to the left that I think people are saying, you know, I better take a look here.”