Dick Morris: Obama rekindling ‘the sense of black victimization’
Fox News commentator Dick Morris says that President Barack Obama has a plan to win re-election by “stoking a feeling of victimization in the African-American community.”
“He can’t give Spike Lee’s money back because his whole goal is to provoke a racial confrontation,” Morris explained.
“You say the president’s goal is to spark a racial confrontation?” Hannity asked.
“I don’t mean in the streets of Florida,” Morris replied. “What I mean is — I’m sorry, I misstated that. Take it back. The president’s goal is to heighten African-American turnout by stoking a feeling of victimization in the African-American community.”
“How do you think he is doing it?” Hannity wondered. “By the comments of Trayvon Martin looking like him?”
“Exactly,” Morris said. “I think what he is trying to do is to rekindle the sense of black victimization, which would impel an increased turnout.”
Morris, originally an advisor to President Clinton and a reputed architect of his triangulation policy that led to policies like Welfare-To-Work, was forced to resign shortly before the 1996 Democratic convention. He had reportedly paid escort Sherry Rowlands to, among other things, suck her toes and allowed her to listen to conversations with the president. He has since reinvented himself as a conservative pundit.
At a recent White House event, Obama carefully weighed in on Martin’s death.
“And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” the president said. “I think that every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”
“But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin,” he added. “You know, if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
Prior to the Martin slaying becoming a national controversy, Obama was already enjoying a 91 percent approval rating among African-American voters, according to ABC News.
In an interview on Monday, Fox News host Sean Hannity asked Morris why the president has refused to return donations from a January fundraiser in Spike Lee’s New York City home after the filmmaker mistakenly tweeted the wrong address for George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watchman who gunned down Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teen.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast on April 2, 2012.
(H/T: Media Matters)