- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson doubled down on racial remarks he made over the weekend, in which he called conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” for standing against affirmative action, CNN reported.

When asked by reporter Dana Bash to clarify his comments, the Democrat said the Supreme Court has been “adverse” to the black community. Miss Bash pointed out that the term “Uncle Tom” could be viewed as racist and would not be appropriate if used by a white person.

“But I’m black,” Mr. Thompson responded.

“That makes it OK?” asked Miss Bash.

“I mean, you’re asking me the question, and I’m giving you a response. The people that I represent, for the most part, have a real issue with those decisions — voter ID, affirmative action, Affordable Care Act — all those issues are very important and for someone in the court who’s African American and not sensitive to that is a real problem,” he said.

Mr. Thompson was also asked to expand on comments he made suggesting that many people oppose President Obama because of the color of his skin.

“Well, I’ve been here a long time,” Mr. Thompson said. “I’ve seen a lot of issues come before Congress. I’ve never seen the venom put forth on another candidate or a president like I’ve seen with this president and that’s my opinion … I’ve seen quite a few State of the Union messages, I’ve never heard a president called a liar in a State of the Union message.”