It is no coincidence Democrats are panicking about their prospects for the upcoming midterm elections, while the NAACP adopted a resolution condemning the tea party for having “racist elements” within the conservative grassroots movement. The resolution the NAACP adopted on Wednesday at its annual conference in Kansas City claims that the tea party attacked President Barack Obama with racial remarks. The resolution also alleges that tea party members verbally and physically attacked Congressional Black Caucus members.
Such actions are predictable. Not only did the left unjustly accuse those protesting the health care bill of assaulting and making racist comments toward Congressional Black Caucus members, but immediately following the passage of the health care bill, members of the Congressional Black Caucus declared that any effort to try and repeal the newly passed legislation through the court system would be considered racist as well.
I reported in March of this year, that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, gave a warning about the health care lawsuits that were pending:
The Texas congresswoman later warned that if the Attorneys General cases are not summarily dismissed, civil rights organizations will mobilize together and politically organize.
“We are in discussions, and I rather not raise their names at this point, but we arranged discussions over the weekend on a number of issues that we think warrant the attention of a number of civil rights organizations. You’ll be hearing that going forward.”
A main distributor of the accusation regarding the tea party group was Congressman Andre Carson, Indiana Democrat. He told reporters (including myself):
REP. CARSON:John Lewis…n - word, n - word at least 15 times…hundreds of people, and Capitol Police finally became aware and started protecting us. I want to know…those people who had cameras. I would love to get the actual [video].
REPORTER: When did this happen…just now….right before votes?
REP. CARSON: Just now.
PICKET: What exactly happened? I’m sorry. I came in late here.
REPORTER: Outside of this building?
REP. CARSON: Cannon….coming out with John Lewis out of the elevator with his chief of staff, and it was just the three of us walking down the steps — ‘kill the bill’, ‘kill the bill’…n - word fifteen times.
REPORTER: How many people were saying it?
REP. CARSON: Maybe out of…how many people are out there?…four hundred? Maybe fifteen people about fifteen times.
REPORTER: What were they saying? Just ‘kill the bill’?
REP. CARSON: ‘kill the bill’ and then the n - word (imitates crowd yelling racial slur) Lewis, his chief of staff, and myself (a former cop) I’m closer to Lewis… [we were] very stoic, looked straight forward, and Capitol Police got the idea. They started surrounding us. It was like a page out of a time machine.
PICKET: What are your thoughts on the crowd outside in general?
REP. CARSON: It’s America. Welcome to America.
REPORTER: I’m afraid I don’t know who you are.
REP. CARSON: Congressman Andre Carson…Indianapolis, Indiana seventh Congressional district—myself John Lewis and his chief of staff. It was unbelievable.
REPORTER2: Coming out of Cannon?
REP. CARSON: Yeah, I expected rocks to come. I mean…I’m walking with John Lewis who walked with MLK. It was bizarre, but he’s been there done that.
PICKET: You were scared of the crowd?
REP. CARSON: Me? No, I’m a former cop, but I became protective of Congressman Lewis, and a person said, ‘I’m being reminded of another time’ as we’re walking. It was like an old sage. For him to say that is (inaudible) been there done that. A young 35 year old like myself, I’m being protective of the older sage along with this chief of staff. We kept walking. The walk usually takes a couple of minutes. It felt like ten minutes.
PICKET: Do you think the people outside are generally dangerous or no?
REP. CARSON: Oh absolutely. I worked in homeland security. I’m from intelligence, and I’ll tell you, one of the largest threats to our internal security…I mean terrorism has an Islamic face, but it really comes from racial supremacist groups. (inaudible) Its the kind of thing we keep a threat assessment on record [for].
PICKET: From groups like this?
REP. CARSON: Oh absolutely.
REPORTER: Was there any physical? Did they touch? Did they push? No one threw anything?
REP. CARSON: No, no, no. I heard one ‘go Carson’—obviously a Hoosier. It made me feel a little better, but then the Capitol Police finally got the idea—remember, it was just the three of us…my police instinct kicked in, (inaudible) and they got the idea.
After speaking with Mr. Carson, I immediately headed over to the Cannon House building and spoke with police officers about the alleged incident. The police officers, who said they were standing outside of the building’s main entrance all day, also told me they never witnessed any individuals in the crowd screaming racial epithets toward any members of Congress. A Capitol Hill Police spokeswoman later confirmed to me that a report of such an incident was never made. However, by that time, the story was already out and the official police response was overshadowed and ignored.
After posting different video of several angles of the CBC members walking to and from Cannon building (showing lots yelling but no shouts of racial remarks), I later posted of another video an individual who was screaming at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat. As it turned out, the individual did not appear to attack Mr. Cleaver with spit but may have had a “say it, don’t spray it” moment instead.
Big Government’s Andrew Breitbart offer of $100,000 to anyone who could offer proof that racist remarks were hurled at CBC members has yet to be claimed, as no video has been produced.
In fact, Congressman Cleaver began to tire of talking about the so-called spitting incident telling a local Fox affiliate in Missouri on March 30:
“I haven’t talked about this incident on TV or anywhere, and I’ve been approached to talk about it on every national TV show,” said Rep. Cleaver in an interview with FOX 4 News. “I never, I never reported anything, never a single thing in Washington, not one thing. People assume I went somewhere, never done press conference, never done an interview on it and I’m not going to do it.”
Rep. Cleaver’s refusal to discuss the incident has not stopped the speculation, including claims that the incident never happened, or that the story was manufactured to discredit conservatives who demonstrated against health care reform.
Rep. Cleaver says that he wants to put the incident behind him.
“All I’m saying is we all have to defuse it, and I think it is not in my best interest or in the best interest of this nation to stoke it,” said Rep. Cleaver. “I’ve avoided doing and I will continue to do it.”
Apparently, the NAACP disagrees with this tactic and wants to keep the accusations and anger alive. The left needs to create a scary monster to motivate its lethargic base to get out and vote in November. However, an NAACP resolution shouting “racism” will not do anything to help the economy or lower unemployment, and deep down, the Democrats know this.