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All right we are hearing some angry reaction today to comments from senate majority leader Harry Reid he made his comments last Friday.
During a radio interview he seemed to suggest that GOP opposition to the president's policies may be based on race here's part of that.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- And I hope I hope that -- -- and I say this seriously hope that -- here that's based on.
Substance not the fact that he's an African American.
South Carolina senator Tim Scott who is currently the only African American in this and it.
Reacted very quickly to that comment.
With this statement reading in part quote our country deserves more from those in Washington.
I hope senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks.
And apologize to those who disagree with the president's policies because of one thing.
They -- hurting hard working American families us from Tim Scott the senator from South Carolina.
I'm joined now by -- -- the president got those writers and Bradley went.
Former deputy assistant to president George W.
Bush I'd Deanna welcome guys to both of you first of all and end -- start with you.
Why do you think Harry Reid said this.
I'm I'm I'm not shocked at all he has a history of saying.
Dumb things and you know we can debate.
Ad nauseam how much of the opposition in the country to president Obama's based on his other -- I think there is a kernel of truth to that.
But it's just -- and divisive at this point.
Fighters -- into his presidency to be dredging this up.
It just looks whiny and weak and all it does is allow good.
Frankly Republicans -- intransigent to play the victim card up and and I got to say what -- -- take away from this is just that it showed once again.
The reason why congress is so dumb and dysfunctional it's because of its leadership.
People like Kerry Reid and Nancy Pelosi John Boehner Mitch McConnell if you asked a hundred average Americans outside the political extremes are the the Ford -- people who -- congress.
Not one of them would pick these guys -- and this is just the latest example.
What do you think about this you know I mean it's disturbing -- a a number of levels you know that -- Tim's got the -- that Tim Scott makes is that.
Eat you know it's insulting to those two are unhappy with the president's policies because -- -- policies and then on the other hand it -- up a conversation.
You know it is it.
Even necessary to it to go there to point this out to add to make the president the color of the president's -- An issue at all in any of this do you really think that's what's happening out there and the GOP's at a -- -- Absolutely not look our trouble with the present lies and his policies like the senator -- let me do with the color the skin and let's remember the president tapped -- He's half white half black.
So in that -- alleged that somehow Republicans.
Are racist against somebody was half black and half white we rejoiced in the fact.
That America can.
Is that the point where we elected somebody I've African American blood that that's a plus for our country it's like a -- without any reason -- hate him.
As a as a matter fact it's a reason to respect him.
So our respect for the president is personal.
But are device of this with the president is with policy and for a leader of the Democratic Party.
Did you come out and say that somehow being against his policies as being against the man as a person is an outrage it's a lot there is no basis in fact.
Did it -- the president in this Dan I mean you know would it be good to hear from him to have him the say what he thinks about Harry Reid's comments in the the American people have elected this president in two presidential elections.
Said do they not deserve to have a conversation be based on performance.
Well yes I gotta have a essay I -- I disagree with Brad but I don't want to spend a lot of time.
Rehashing this because this is something for historians to adjudicate how much of the opposition to the president is due.
To his racial cultural background the perception -- -- Muslim.
There is -- kernel of truth to that I -- -- most anyone who.
Is objective and that's knows it but I do agree with perhaps fundamental point that to dredge it up right now fighters into his presidency we've had two elections.
He's been reelected it's counterproductive it's just dumb it serves no constructive purpose.
And frankly it it just looks like whining a week and inspires no confidence in the Democrats and to -- your -- are -- no actually I don't think the president should address it.
He should not even.
I don't want to dignify but he shouldn't even acknowledge that discussion because it doesn't lead to -- -- kind of solutions.
Or -- kind of opportunity forge some common ground with Republicans which we have to do.
But did you deal with -- -- -- problems.
He he only girl instead of trying to you know Harry Reid went -- to talk about modern and -- -- and the Tea Party and how you know -- these are the people who don't believe in government that there attacking.
-- and I think a lot of that not just the comment about about the president's you know part of the president's cultural racial background.
Is sort of keeps bringing us into an area that that is not really very hopeful.
For finding any sort of common ground and respect for one side any other in in the political policy discussion that truly needs to be had in Washington Brad.
I don't blame Democrats for the stupid comments Harry Reid but I do think the president to release a statement a written statement rejecting.
That kind of divisive moves and any hate it's racist speech it has no place in American the president has an obligation to push back against one of his own when it when they make such outrageous divisive comment comments.
That as you point out Dan are not helpful to the governing process is not helpful to bringing Americans together I didn't have -- Al Sharpton of the Sunday.
-- very quick chance to respond and I got it and yeah I was gonna say.
All if the president weighs in all it does is pile on and lead to more ridiculous waste of time and oxygen -- a conversation.
That isn't going to lead to any kind of solution so I would I would prefer them much prefer the president who actually done a very good job.
Playing the victim and not kind of complaining that his problems is present -- the opposition is because of his race.
To not -- to that -- and keep the discussion focused on policy.
Yes I mean you don't remember these discussions based on Condoleezza Rice and her ability to lead -- Colin Powell -- the discussions about.
Other individuals at very high ranking places in government have often them based on their policies so.
It would be nice if we could we could keep it -- I'm not -- -- Harry Reid.
Felt the need to take -- -- house but gentlemen thank you very much did this little flu season.
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