In response to Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) recent disrespectful attack on former President Barack Obama, a black columnist skewered the Kentucky Republican and dared him to say how he really feels.
During an interview last week, McConnell said that Obama should have “kept his mouth shut” after Obama criticized President Donald Trump’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The incendiary remark smacked of racism and drew outrage from across the country.
It’s no secret that McConnell disdains Obama. After all, McConnell worked to sabotage his presidency from the start, even vowing to make Obama a failed one-term president, an effort that did not come to pass.
But columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. rained hell on “Moscow” Mitch over the weekend for disrespecting Obama and called upon McConnell to let everyone know how he really feels by calling Obama the n-word.
“Why don’t you just go ahead and call Barack Obama the n-word?” Pitts wrote in a scathing column for the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday.
“You know you want to,” Pitts continued. “It’d probably do wonders for your blood pressure. And it would free you from the tiresome charade of using coded language to say the same thing. Point being, you are tying yourself in logical and rhetorical knots here, Mitch. Why not cut through the tangle? Why not say what you mean? Just call him the n-word.”
It certainly seems that McConnell has likely referred to Obama as the n-word in private. In public, he and other Republicans have hurled plenty of racist code words in attacks against him that were “Windex clear as this Harvard-educated professor of constitutional law was dubbed a “street hustler,” a “subhuman mongrel,” an “uppity” “boy” with a fake birth certificate.”
Pitts went on to point out that if McConnell has no problem with Trump’s overt racism, he shouldn’t feel any qualms about calling Obama the n-word. After all, it’s Trump’s America now, right?
“So your disrespectful tone toward President Obama, earnest as it is, seems overly genteel and out of step with the moment,” Pitts concluded. “This is 2020, Mitch. In 2020, Republicans say what they mean and darn well mean what they say. So go ahead and call Obama the n-word. It would be offensive, yes. But we both know it would be honest, too.”
Go ahead, Mitch. Pander to your white supremacist supporters like you did when you posed for a picture in front of a Confederate flag.