Black Congressman Stands by Comment that Clarence Thomas Is an ‘Uncle Tom’
Aaron Blake, Washington Post, April 30, 2014
Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) on Wednesday stood by his remark that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an “Uncle Tom” and continued to suggest that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) opposition to President Obama is race-based.
In an interview with CNN, the Congressional Black Caucus member doubled down on his comments, first made over the weekend, that Thomas apparently “doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.” His comments were first reported by BuzzFeed.
“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 sensitive to those issues,” Thompson told Dana Bash.
Asked about McConnell’s statement that his goal as GOP leader in the Senate was to make Obama a one-term president, Thompson wouldn’t say flatly that it was racist but strongly pointed in that direction.
“I’ve never seen the venom put forth on another candidate or a president like I’ve seen with this president, and that’s my opinion,” Thompson said.