John Sununu’s History Of Racial Remarks About Obama

Think Progress

On Thursday, Romney campaign co-chair advanced the theory that Gen. Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because he’s black. But this isn’t the first time Sununu or even Mitt Romney’s campaign have introduced Obama’s race into the election. The former New Hampshire governor has repeatedly suggested that Obama or his policies are “foreign,” European, and something less than American. Here are some of his greatest hits:

– Obama is foreign. Obama doesn’t understand the “American system” because “he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S. he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure.” [Fox News, 7/17/2012]

– Obama doesn’t know how to be an American. During a conference call, Sununu claimed, “The men and women all over America who have worked hard to build these businesses, their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world. It is the American way. And I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” [Conference call, 7/17/2012]

– Obama is a lazy idiot. Sununu described Obama’s debate performance as “babbling,” “lazy,” and “disengaged,” and dismissed the possibility that he could do better in the future. “When you’re not that bright you can’t get better prepared.” [Fox News, 10/4/2012]

– Obama has no class, just wants to be cool. “That moment of using the B.S. word was kind of a self-defining moment for the president,” he told Sean Hannity. “No class, wants to be cool. Sacrifices the dignity of the presidency for appearing cool to a magazine that works for some of his base.” [Fox News,10/25/2012]

Romney has never publicly rebuked Sununu’s racial remarks, though Sununu has previously issued retractions of some of his statements. With just 11 days before Election Day, he remains the campaign’s most prominent spokesperson and is even attacking Obama for dividing Americans along racial lines. During an appearance on Fox News on Thursday he complained that Obama has instituted “class warfare,” adding, “This guy has tried to create some racial divides.”

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7 responses to “John Sununu’s History Of Racial Remarks About Obama

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  2. Sununu is a racist prick! Shiftless, lazy, unAmerican, & disengaged is straight out of the klan playbook. I hear your dog whistle, bigot!

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    • I just saw a poll on FOX News that said today 51% of “White” Americans have a negative view of “Black” Americans compared to 48% in 2008. Frankly, I was surprised to see the numbers that high in either year, considering that ALL women have benefited from the struggles of African Americans for their voting rights, equal employment opportunity, equal pay, and the notion of societal fairness in general. If Romney is elected, even if there are more jobs, there will certainly be less pay equity and less pay in general.

      Most dangerous to the future of the country I had big hopes for all my life is that racism and sexism will be out of the closet and maybe even in vogue.

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  3. And just why are we to think “Republican” Colin Powell supports Obama instead of a Republican? Sununu is probably right, but it is just as likely that Powell just PRETENDED to be a Republican so he could be the affirmative action head of the Joint Chiefs under Republicans.

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  4. Colin Powell is suspect of racism. . . not Sununu.

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