This Monday night on CNN, host Don Lemond had a discussion with GOP strategist Alice Stewart and Marc Lamont Hill centering on Sarah Palin’s latest reaction to remarks made by the President. Stewart was completely unwilling to admit that it was Palin and not Obama who was “playing the race card.”
The conversation was inspired by a Facebook post in which Palin quoted MLK and then wrote, “Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.”
The post was in response to a remark made during an the The New Yorker of Obama.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” Obama said in the interview.
Lemon asked Stewart if Obama was “playing the race card” or if he was just “stating the obvious,” that there are some white people who dislike him because he is black just as there are some blacks who support him, no matter what, simply because he is the same race as they are.
“Of course he’s playing the race card,” Stewart replied, “and the problem we have here is especially on MLK day of all days is look how far we’ve come, we have not only elected the first African-American President, We’ve re-elected him. And the fact of the matter is, people don’t dislike him because he’s a black President, that has nothing to do with it, it’s because he’s a blind President. It’s not about the pigment of his skin, it’s about his policies.”
Both Lemon and Hill attempted to get her to admit that at least some of the opposition is due to racism, but to no avail. She was having none of it, unwilling to admit that even one person in the nation dislikes him because of the color of his skin insisting that it is entirely due to his policies and nothing else.
Hill jumped in saying, “Hold on, but that wasn’t the question. The question was do you think there are any, not that do you think they’re a majority.”
Stewart was not about to be swayed, she refused to admit that any opposition to the President was based in racism saying that all of the resentment was because of his policies and the fact that “he refuses to acknowledge” that any racial gains have been made in the country.
Watch the entire conversation in the video from CNN below.