Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” and said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made a racist statement about President Obama.
Thompson made the remarks during the New Nation of Islam radio program over the weekend.
Thompson, who is black, also said that Republicans only oppose Obamacare and are anti-government because President Barack Obama is black.
The comments by Thompson were highlighted by Buzzfeed on Tuesday.
“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 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.”
That’s likely a reference to McConnell saying his job is to make Obama a one-term president.
Later Thompson said Mississippi’s governor, Phil Bryant (R) opposed expanding Medicaid under Obamacare “just because a black man created it.”
Thompson said that “when a black man comes with an idea [for Obamacare] there’s something wrong with it. Again, it’s race creeping into the picture.”
Watch a clip of Thompson’s comments, via Buzzfeed, is below: