Last night, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) went on The Ed Schultz show to tacitly defend Glenn Beck’s statements on President Obama’s perceived “hatred of white people.” Tancredo further claimed that Obama’s appointment of “Sonia Mayer” could serve as an indication that he is in fact a racist:
TANCREDO: I do not know if he has a hatred for white people. I can say that his [Obama] statements and his appointment of someone I do believe to be a racist, “Sonia Mayer,” for her racial views by the way — that is an indication, that could be used as an indication by some, that he is indeed a racist. Because it’s depending on what you use as a definition.
Back in May, Tancredo called Judge Sonia Sotomayor a “racist” member of the Latino KKK, otherwise known as National Council of La Raza — the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. He has been accused of racism himself for warning that immigration “threatens western civilization.” And he even blasted the pope for his pro-immigrant positions. At the end of the segment last night, Tancredo claimed that Schultz could be accused of hate speech for his attacks on Beck and that he would be “affronted” by the mere suggestion that he might have a “deep-seeded hatred for the Latino community.”