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Reid Suggests Republicans Motivated by Racism

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested during an interview with a Nevada radio station last week that GOP opposition to President Obama may be motivated by racism.

My counterpart, Mitch McConnell, said at the the beginning of the presidency of Barack Obama that he had one goal – and that is to defeat Obama and make sure he wasn’t re-elected. And that’s how they legislate in the Senate. It was really bad.

And we’re now seven months into this second term of the president’s and they haven’t changed much. It’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail. And I hope, I hope – and I say this seriously – I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.

Here’s the recording, courtesy of Mediate:

Democrats routinely accuse Republicans of having ruined bipartisanship in Congress, but Reid’s comments suggest the contempt many Democrats hold for their peers across the aisle.

Reid’s statement is reminiscent of remarks made by Vice President Biden during the 2012 campaign, when he said Republicans want to put African Americans back in “chains.”

34 thoughts on “Reid Suggests Republicans Motivated by Racism”

  1. Well, when things are not going their way they usually bring out the old race-card. It´s tiresome and hopefully it doesn´t work anymore. I believe that you, Keith, has written about this presidents bad connections with the Congress.
    Maybe the president should stop campaigning and vacationing and start connecting with the Congress instead. But it might be too late for that. The contempt is probably mutual. Also, many simply don´t want Obamas politics, even if it´s diluted in compromises.

  2. Please correct me if my history is incorrect, but didn’t Sen. Reid’s own church, of which Mitt Romney is also a member, practice discrimination for many years? I know this issue has since been resolved, but Sen. Reid should know about it.

  3. Of course Mitch would say that. It is the duty of the minority party to facilitate oversight AND get back in power. Anything else would be disingenuous. For Reid to suggest racism is just more from the deflect and redirect handbag of failed ideas from the left. Never a bad policy….always someone else or something else to blame.

    1. and according to the REID and his ilk, if you are Black and part of the opposition well then you aren’t truly Black.
      Bill Clinton was considered a Black President because of what he believed.

      SO that means that skin color has nothing to do with race, but ideology. That’s a twist isn’t it?

  4. Isn’t it a bit odd, that Democrats would rather lambast their opponents, rather than argue their points on their own merit?
    Same old-same old…The left is right and the right is wrong!

  5. The way the left makes everything about race is an utter disgrace. Surely there must be some Democrats who are sick of this nonsense.

  6. Our leadership on both sides of the aisle are all goofballs. Reid and Pelosi get away with the dumbest statements while the right rolls over to have their bellys scratched.

  7. Harry the Hypocrite:

    2008: “Obama, as a black candidate, could be successful thanks, in part, to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

    2010. Speaking to Hispanic voters in Nevada about border issues:
    “I don’t know how anyone of HISPANIC heritage could be a Republican.”

  8. I am so glad that Harry Truman made sure the Senate Pro Tempore is in the direct line of succession rather than the Senate Majority Leader. Harry Reid is the sleaziest politician in the Senate. Too bad, he was defeated in his re-election like Tom Daschle. Typical of Obama politics though……if you can’t win the debate you call your opponent a bigot.

  9. What amazes me is that none of the koolaid drinkers ever see through this type of BS. Raise your glass and fill it again… The zombie apocalypse is upon us, most just don’t realize it.

  10. Oprah is racially profiled in Switzerland, MrsClinton will be speaking about the injustice of voter ID laws, MrHolder is worried that too many Black men are in prison, SenSchumer wants Americans to wave the gay flag in Russia, and now SenReid hints that any opposition to MrObama’s agenda is race driven.
    . We can look forward to hysterical women claiming their rights to kill their own childen are being subdued by evil Repubs who want to keep them barefoot and pregnant.
    Soon, we’ll be hearing about the evil rich again.
    It’s all about ginning up the waning support of minorities for the upcoming 2014 elections
    Without a defined enemy who hates for all the wrong reasons, the Dems have nothing to offer the voter.

    1. Well said, srdem. You’d think we’d all be in on the game by now. The ruling class can’t run campaigns on principles and values, because they possess none. So, they go the route of least resistance – inculcate division and hate among the American people.

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  13. Please assure Mr. Reid that I loathe him and Ms. Pelosi equally with Mr. Obama, and it’s about the fact that their incompetent and pitiful attempts to remake this country as a socialist haven are ruining our republic. I am an equal opportunity liberal hater.

  14. Does anybody know if McConnell responded to this or did he just leave it to conservatives like Michelle Malkin to refuse to let this go unchallenged?

    1. Actually — Senator Tim Scott rose to the occasion and responded with dignity and a note to focus on what is important to the American people. I said to myself.

  15. Will someone please wake me up when the idiots are gone?

    uhhh, dur, uhh you has an opinion different then mine? Uhhh durrr, your a racist!!!

    Oh you said something I didn’t like, that’s ok I have a fall back! You Racist!!

    No one gives a shit about skin color any more so stop trying to divide the white’s from the blacks by making it seem that way.

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