Steele refuses to distance himself from Glenn Beck’s ‘racist’ attack on Obama.

In his interview with Univision yesterday, RNC Chairman Michael Steele was asked his reaction to Glenn Beck’s now-infamous racist diatribe against President Obama. Recall, Beck said Obama is a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” (Beck has been unable to clarify what he meant by “white culture.”) Steele refused to offer even the slightest hint of criticism or dissatisfaction with Beck’s comments. Instead, he repeatedly defended it as “one man’s opinion”:

RAMOS: For instance, when you hear commentators like Glenn Beck saying that for him President Barack Obama is a racist, with a deep seeded hatred for white people, how do you react?

STEELE: That’s one man’s opinion.

RAMOS: Yes, but…

STEELE: That’s one man’s opinion.

RAMOS: But should you defend Barack Obama against these types of comments? I don’t know, it’s just a question.

STEELE: No, no, look the reality of it is when I ran for the United States’ Senate and I was called an Uncle Tom by leading Democrats in the country, when I was called a slave by Steny Hoyer who is now the majority leader in the House no one came running to my defense and no one seemed to think that that was racists at the time.

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Following Beck’s racist attack on Obama, ColorOfChange.org initiated a successful campaign to convince advertisers to drop Beck’s show. Approximately 80 companies have since deserted the right-wing television entertainer.