A Mississippi Democratic Congressman says Clarence Thomas is an "Uncle Tom," Mitch McConnell is a "racist," and that Republicans are only anti-big government and anti-Obamacare because President Obama is black. Rep. Bennie Thompson made the comments over the weekend while appearing on a New Nation of Islam radio program.
"I've been in Washington. I saw three presidents now. I never saw George Bush treated like this. I never saw Bill Clinton treated like this with such disrespect," Thompson said. "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."
Thompson adds at 2:40 in the video that the governor of Mississippi was against expanding Medicaid through Obamacare "just because a black man created it."
At 3:00 into the video, Thompson adds opposition to Obama is "all about race" and "when a black man comes with an idea [for Obamacare] there's something wrong with it. Again, it's race creeping into the picture."
At 4:47 in the video, he says the anti-government attitude has only been around since Obama was president.
"Now all of a sudden, government is the worst thing in the world since a black man became president."
Discussing the Supreme Court and affirmative action, Thompson refers to Justice Clarence Thomas as an "Uncle Tom," adding, "it's almost to the point saying this man doesn't like black people, he doesn't like being black."
Thompson's office didn't immediately return a request for comment.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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