ESPN personality Stephen A Smith made waves last week when he said African-Americans should vote Republican for one election and he has now doubled down on it.
Appearing on CNN;s “Smerconish” Saturday Smith said he wants both parties to “flatter” the black community like they are doing with the Hispanic community on immigration.
“A vast majority of black Americans look at the Republican Party as the enemy. We look at the Democratic Party, even tacitly, as our support base and as a result we are very transparent in our support for them,” he said. “Because of it they have a license to take us for granted.”
The host said he was bothered by how Smith presented his case.
“I don’t think we want to be rewarding particular socioeconomic groups, ethnic groups, racial groups,” Smerconish said. “I like what’s in the country’s best interests not what’s in the best interest of African-Americans versus whites versus Hispanics.”
Smith agreed that the country’s issues should trump individual group’s interests but he said regardless of color he expects people to vote in what is in their own best interest.
Smith’s comments may be striking a chord with liberals, because they don’t want to lose the lock they have on the black vote.
Some in the Twitterverse agreed.
Turn to CNN NOW. I’m talking the Balkanization of voting on The Michael Smerconish Program.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 21, 2015
@stephenasmith What you said was on point. Seems to go over peoples heads though
— Frank Overwood (@Astrochologist) March 21, 2015
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) March 20, 2015
@stephenasmith Democrats assume they have the black vote and they don’t offer our community anything. I’m registered independent but vote D.
— Larry Banks (@Spicolli55) March 21, 2015
@stephenasmith I have long said blacks were “pimped by one party (Dem) and ignored by the other (GOP)
— Phillip Johnson (@stlfilmmaker) March 21, 2015
@stephenasmith i applaud u ur honesty & bravery amongst liars & race mongers gives me some hope as a conserv jew i also get berated b strong
— Andrea Joy Bellitto (@Pandy1969) March 22, 2015
— Blake Ball (@bsb1945) March 22, 2015
Naturally some disagreed and resorted to name calling.
Stephen A Smith said black ppl should vote Republican.. an he wonder why he gets the “uncle Tom” label …can’t wait to here this on CNN
— BLESSINGS (@TravisL_Harris) March 21, 2015
@stephenasmith You think all blacks should vote Republican? That’s it, you’re an official Uncle Tom now. Moreover, you’re annoying.
— AnnieStone™ (@AnnieStone90) March 20, 2015
So is there any question now that Stephen A. Smith is an Uncle Tom?!
— William Batson (@William_Batson) March 20, 2015
Is #ESPN Analyst Stephen A. Smith on drugs? Has anyone seen his rant saying every Black should vote GOP? It’s official,he’s a Complete idiot
— TonyB50 (@tonmontif25) March 19, 2015
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