Representative Bennie Thompson isn’t shying away from dubbing Supreme Court Justice an “Uncle Tom” and calling Mitch McConnell, as well as critics of President Obama in general, “racist.”
In a Wednesday interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, the Mississippi Democrat doubled down on comments previously released by BuzzFeed that he’d made on a New Nation of Islam radio show over the weekend.
In his initial remarks, in addition to calling Thomas an “Uncle Tom,” Thompson said he believes the justice’s recent rulings are “almost to the point” where “this man doesn’t like black people; he doesn’t like being black.”
When confronted by CNN, the congressman didn’t see a problem with his comments:
Dana Bash: Isn’t [Uncle Tom] a racially charged term?
Rep. Bennie Thompson: For some it is, but to others it’s the truth.
Bash: Because looking at that and hearing that kind of language, that certainly wouldn’t be appropriate if it was coming from somebody who was white.
Thompson: But I’m black.
Bash: That makes it OK?
Thompson: I mean, you’re asking me the question, and I’m giving you a response. 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.
Meanwhile, while he didn’t offer specific examples of alleged Republican racism, Thompson still suggested McConnell’s opposition to President Obama’s policies was race-based.
“Well, I’ve never heard him say it to any other president,” he said of McConnell’s vow to block Obama-backed legislation.
Below are videos of Thompson’s original radio appearance: