On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Cyclethe group discussed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney‘s assertion that President Obama should “take [his] campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” Co-host Touré saw what he believes to be explicit racial connotations beneath what Romney was saying, calling it the “niggerization” of the campaign.
“That really bothered me,” he said. “You notice he said anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization,’ he’s not like us.”
“I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization,’” Touré said to the apparent shock of his co-panelists. “You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”
Naturally this led to a battle between Touré and conservative co-host S.E. Cupp. She took particular issue with the fact that Touré admitted that VP Joe Biden‘s “chains” comments were divisive, but is now calling Romney a “racist” for saying the Obama campaign is “angry.”
“Do you see how dishonest that is?” she asked.
Touré denied calling anyone a racist, which prompted Cupp to say, “Certainly you were implying that Mitt Romney and the base will respond to this dog-whistle, racially-charged coding, and hate Obama, the angry black man?
“Absolutely,” he replied.
“That’s so irresponsible,” Cupp answered back.
— princss6 (@princss6) August 16, 2012
— HORSEFEATHERS (@SarahVail1) August 16, 2012
@Toure, your pathetic attempts at racial victimization would be toxic if you were on a network people actually watched.
— Adrian Mason (@GrenadiAdrian) August 16, 2012
I can't even with Toure. Some of y'all must be able to but I can't.
— Mona (@Shopaholic_918) August 16, 2012
— Flight93_Militia (@SCOAMT) August 16, 2012