During an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan last night, Morgan Freeman shared his belief that the presidency of Barack Obama has led to the rise of racism in the US rather than its decline. The Oscar-winning actor called out the Republicans, namely their extremist subsidiary known as the Tea Party, for “stirring muddy waters” and playing the old hate card.
Speaking on the Republican controlled Tea Party, Freeman explained:
“Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term. What underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here.”’
When asked whether their ire for the fist Black president was just a result of bipartisan rivalry, the actor declared, “It is a racist thing.” Freeman continued, “[Republicans] are not going to get rid of Obama either. I think they’re shooting themselves in the head.”
The legendary actor confessed to being unnerved by the traction gained by the Tea Party saying,
“It just shows you the weak dark underside of America. We are supposed to be better than that, we really are.”
The film star also revealed his partial disappointment with Obama’s lack of aggression in negotiations with Republicans but claimed, “I sort of understood that he was trying to hold on to his own promise. That he was going to be the president of all the people.”