Mississippi Democratic Congressman Criticizes Opposition To President Obama As Racial Bias
Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson (D) went on the record again with CNN to explain why he thinks Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an “Uncle Tom” who “doesn’t stand up for African Americans.”
“Well if you look at his decisions on the court, they have been adverse to the minority community, and the people I represent have a real issue with an African American not being sensible to those issues,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash.
“The people that I represent, for the most part, have a real issue with those decisions–voter ID, affirmative action, Affordable Care Act–all those issues are very important and for someone in the court who’s African American and not sensitive to that is a real problem,” he continued.
Rep. Thompson’s original remarks were made last weekend during an appearance on a New Nation of Islam radio show. He also accused Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) of racism and attributed the current “anti-government” attitude on the fact that President Obama is black.
“That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States — not the chief executive, but the commander-in-chief — that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is,” Rep. Thompson said.
He also slammed Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for turning down funds for expanding Medicaid. (The governor said he did so in case the Affordable Care Act gets repealed. None of the many Republican efforts to get the law overturned have been successful.)
Rep. Thompson calls out Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner (R-Oh), and others for their sharp opposition to the Affordable Care Act while they showed no opposition to President George W. Bush’s prescription drug program.
“When a black man comes up with the idea, you understand,… there’s something wrong with it,” Rep. Thompson said. “So once again, it’s that race that’s creeping into the picture.”
On the anti-government attitude of those like Cliven Bundy, Rep Thompson said, “That kind of attitude has just been around the last 5 1/2 years.”
Buzzfeed has excerpts from the recording.
In his responses to CNN’s Bash, Rep. Thompson maintains that the topics he brought up have never been issues for other presidents. Thompson has been in Congress for 11 terms.
Your thoughts on Rep. Thompson’s comments? Per Bash’s question, are they appropriate?