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Jim Clyburn + Jimmy Carter Talk on Newt Race Baiting

House Assistant Leader Jim Clyburn has had a lot to say about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich calling President Obama “the food stamp President.”  Nevermind that there are 22 million white people in poverty in the United States — the entire discussion around poverty in the mind of Gingrich is told in the setting of urban or black America.  Though there were million of American on food stamps and public assistance when George Bush was in office, the phrase “food stamp President,” was brought to life by Gingrich during Obama’s term.  This week, Clyburn and former President Jimmy Carter have commented on Gingrich’s language.

Clyburn on Fox: “To say those kinds of things about the president of the United States, I think, not only tries to lower the office itself, but also denigrates those people who find themselves in need of food stamps.”

Clyburn on MSNBC: “He [Gingrich] is saying that the poor children in their schools ought to be the janitors in their schools so that other people in the schools who are not so poor can see them as their servants.”
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Below, former President Jimmy Carter commented on the subject of Gingrich and race on CNN. interviewer Piers Morgan did not ask Carter about this, Carter brought it up.  Notice that when he does, Morgan is surprised and just can’t believe it and begins inturrupting… watch the video

President Carter on Newt Gingrich to CNN: “I think he [Gingrich] has that subtlety of racism that I know quite well and that Gingrich knows quite well that appeals to some people  in Georgia. particularly the right wing…

PIERS MORGAN:  Do you think he’s doing it deliberately…

Carter: “Well I think so. He know what words to use ‘welfare mamas’ and so fourth and all that are appealing in the past in those days when we cherished segregation of the races.  He knows that and I don’t think it will pay off in the long run.”

“I wouldn’t say he is racist, but he knows the subtle words to use to appeal to a racist group….When you emphasize, over and over, welfare, food stamps, and ‘why don’t the black people get jobs,’ and if I’m president, I’ll make sure they turn toward a work ethic, rather than an ethic of welfare and food stamps, I think that’s appealing to the wrong element in South Carolina.”