On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” co-host Touré accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s of subjecting President Barack Obama to “niggerization” in his critique of his November election opponent. Touré took exception Romney’s response after Vice President Joe Biden said the former Massachusetts governor would return people to “chains” if he became president.
Some have interpreted Biden’s remark as a metaphor, but during a speech Tuesday in Chillicothe, Ohio Romney said he was not among them.
“I mean, that really bothered me,” Touré said. “You notice he said ‘anger’ twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization’ — ‘he’s not like us.'”
“I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is niggerization. ‘You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.’ And the idea of locating anger around Obama just doesn’t fit with who he is and who he trained himself to be going back to high school, training himself to be ‘no-drama Obama.’ They are talking to people who are trained to hate him, who want to hate him so this how we turn out the base to work against him.”
The lone conservative on the program, S.E. Cupp, challenged Touré and reminded her co-host that Romney was responding to an allegedly racial comment from Biden in the first place.
“You have two white guys in Joe Biden and Mitt Romney,” Cupp said. “Joe Biden made the overtly racial comment and has a history of making bigoted remarks. Mitt Romney was responding to the comment. Yet he is the one responsible for the whole Republican history of racism in politics?”