Former House Majority Leader
Tom DeLay (R-Texas). (AP)
In reaction to President Barack Obama saying America has not "overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow and colonialism," former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) said this was an "unbelievable" comment and indicative of the fact that Obama has "never gotten over his racism."
During the Dec. 13 edition of the Steve Malzberg Show on NewsmaxTV, the host ran a Dec. 12 clip of Obama on Comedy Central. the president said, "We have by no means overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow and colonialism and racism, but the progress we've made has been real and extraordinary."
Malzberg then asked DeLay what he thought of Obama's remark and the former House Leader said, “When is he [Obama] going away? My goodness gracious. This is just unbelievable, but you know, he’s never gotten over his racism."
"Many of us, in fact, I think the entire country has gotten over slavery and Jim Crow and all of that," said DeLay. "It’s the professional racists like Obama and his buddies that can’t get over it because then they’re totally irrelevant.”
Malzberg then remarked that such remarks by Obama only divide the country and fuel division as the Obama administration prepares to end on Jan. 19.
DeLay agreed, saying, “Certainly. And that way they can continue their welfare programs that keep people on plantations and dependent on the government. They can keep government interfering in our lives all based upon some excuse about ‘you’re a racist, so you have to do this.’"
President Barack Obama and comedian Trevor Noah on Comedy Central, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP)
"[But] their era is over," said DeLay, "and we’ve gotten over slavery and Jim Crow. Yes, there may be some racists hiding around, white supremacist types hiding around America. But most of us have gotten over it.”
DeLay served in Congress from 1985 to 2006. He was House Majority Leader in 2003-2005.