Bill Maher, the host of Real Time implied the tea party was racist while appearing on The View Monday. Maher said President Obama has done "fantastic" as president and President Obama's had to deal with unprecedented criticism.
"He's done fantastic," Maher said when asked about how he felt President Obama had done in office. "He's had to deal with things that no other president has had to deal with. It's true."
Maher went on to imply the tea party's criticism of the president was racially based.
"I know the tea party hates hearing that. That, you know, they're racist, because 99.999% of them are white and the president who drives them insane is black is just a coincidence. I'm sorry, nobody has had to deal with what he had to deal with. I never saw ... I never saw a governor stick the finger in a president's face like the governor of Arizona did. I never saw a president heckled at the State of the Union like he was. I never saw Bill O'Reilly interrupt a president the way he does. There's a kind of in your face, in your space, disrespect going on there."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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