Cokie Roberts: A non-black president will defuse angry, racist tea party

NPR senior news analyst Cokie Roberts claimed President Obama’s sinking poll numbers were partially due to racism within tea party.

Roberts appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday and said that because some of the animosity directed toward Obama is racially-driven, it will disappear once America elects another white president from any party.

“I also think, you know, just calling it, that some of this tea party anger is racist,” she said on the video, “and that having a non-black person on the ticket will diffuse it to some degree.”

Host Joe Scarborough disagreed, and reminded the panel that former-President Bill Clinton was also the subject of anger among conservatives.

The surprise isn’t that Roberts made the comment but rather that she gained support from another guest — Bloomberg columnist Al Hunt.

I might also add that former-President George W. Bush also had poor poll numbers and was the subject of hate.


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