Morgan Freeman and Herman Cain, two sons of the south who happen to be black, have opposing views of the Tea Party.
In a new interview with Piers Morgan, legendary Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman laid down his views on the Tea Party. Amongst other things, Mr. Freeman discussed his belief that the right wing Tea Party’s anti-Obama stance is rooted in racism.
The often described as arrogant Piers Morgan asked whether Obama’s presidency has made racism in the United States better or worse. In reply Freeman, who once played apartheid-defying South African president Nelson Mandela, stated that Obama’s time in office has made it worse, because the first black American President has become a target of the right’s aggression.
“Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” the actor said. “What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.’”
Declaring once again that “it’s a racist thing,” Freeman said the group’s rise has shown the hate still lingering in America.
“Well, it just shows the weak, dark, underside of America,” he said. “We’re supposed to be better than that. We really are. That’s, that’s why all those people were in tears when Obama was elected president. “Ah, look at what we are. Look at how, this is America.” You know? And then it just sort of started turning because these people surfaced like stirring up muddy water.”
The actor continued, saying that he understood President Obama not fighting back, seeking to stick to his principles, but wishes that he’d be more aggressive now.
Freeman endorsed Obama during his run for the presidency, but declined to campaign with him, saying that he was an actor, not a politician. He attended a White House Civil Rights concert in 2010.
Freeman’s remarks comes on the heel of Herman Cain’s win of the Florida Straw Poll. Cain won 37 percent of the 2,657 votes cast. Perry, who made a late but spirited effort in the state, got 15 percent. Romney, who had announced earlier he is not competing in straw polls, came in third with 14 percent of the vote.
Only Cain, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul stayed to make closing arguments to the attendees on Saturday afternoon. Bachmann and Romney left Friday evening after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and Perry left early Saturday morning after hosting a breakfast for the delegates.
Before the voting commenced, both Romney and Perry headed to the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Mackinac Island, Mich., where that state’s Republican party is also holding a convention and straw poll this weekend.
This is the first time in more than a decade that Florida Republicans have held a straw poll, but in the past, the contest has accurately predicted the winners of the GOP presidential nomination: Delegates voted for Ronald Reagan in 1979, George H.W. Bush in 1987 and Bob Dole in 1995.
In a recent interview with Fox News, Florida Gov. Rick Scott predicted Republicans in his state would repeat that performance. “I believe whoever wins this straw poll on Saturday will be the Republican nominee and I believe the Republican nominee will be the next president,” he said.
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO in his bid for the GOP nomination has come out with a music video/biographical introduction that puts a heavy focus on his race, thus suggesting that his presidential run is evidence that Tea Party supporters are not racist. “To all of those people who say that the Tea Party is a racist organization, eat your words,” Cain, says in the video below.
Is the attack on President Obama, and Republican’s disrepect and failure to compromise politics or racism. Yet another question to consider: is it based on class where the President is siding with the everyday people (see job’s speech video below) and the GOP is siding with big business, Wall street and Rich people such as Herman Cain?
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