In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams on “Nightly News” for a longer piece that will air at a later date, former President Jimmy Carter reflected:
I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he’s a black man. That he is African American.
This morning, the comment has quickly spread across the cable news nets. On “Fox & Friends,” Gretchen Carlson said, “It’s not just former president Jimmy Carter saying this. It’s many members of congress and many people — columnists here in the U.S. — who are now race baiting this whole topic. It appears this issue is not going to go away.” “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough remarked, “I guess patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. Could we add to that that playing the race card is the last refuge of the truly desperate? I’m serious.”
The quote will also likely fuel some of the questioning during President Obama’s upcoming Sunday show blitz.
See video of Carter’s full comment on “Nightly” after the jump.