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.”
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.
“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: