WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., lashed out at Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for turning down the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in the state, accusing Bryant of rejecting Obamacare “just because a black man created it.”
Speaking on The New Nation of Islam radio program this past weekend, the Mississippi congressman accused Bryant and the collective Republican Party of showing “blatant disrespect” to President Barack Obama, saying it “is all about race,” in videos posted to YouTube via Buzzfeed.
“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.”
“They talk about his wife, they talk about his children…I think our president has set a good example for what a family structure should look like,” continued the Mississippi Democrat, himself an African-American.
“We’re gonna have to have some dialogue on race,” he said, agreeing with a comment made by the New National of Islam host.
Thompson said that there was little Republican opposition to former President George W. Bush’s push for the government prescription drug program.
“These same people are trying to say they are Christian, and they care. I deal with them every day up here, and brother let me tell you, they don’t care about everyday working people. They just care about those people in their circle.
“But when a black man comes up with the idea, there’s something wrong with it…so again, it’s that race creeping into the picture.”
Thompson says that many of the anti-government voices that have been elected to Washington are linked to the president’s race.
“Now all of a sudden, government is the worst thing in the world since a black man became president.
“Even before (Cliven) Bundy went crazy out in Nevada they were calling him a patriot. They said the government was trying to stop him from making a living,” before going on to say that the “cattle battle” rancher had a contract with the government.
In a second portion of the radio interview, Thompson also labels Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom.”