Fox News discussion of Obama's record touches on racism

On August 3, a Fox News discussion panel analyzed proposals by the Republican-majority House of Representatives to sue President Obama over concerns that he has allegedly usurped powers of the legislative branch when he chose to delay implementation of certain aspects of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. While this week the Speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner, dismissed questions as to whether he had plans to begin impeachment proceedings, the prospect of a Congressional lawsuit against the Executive remains a reall possibility. On Fox News, there were representatives of Republican and Democratic political persuasions. Among them were National Journal editor Ron Fournier, syndicated columnist Juan Williams, and Michael Needham - who leads Heritage Action for America. 
 
“You listen to Michael and you understand why lots of Republicans think [Obama's] a demon,” Williams said. “Lots of people in the minority community see it as an attack against the first black President. They think it’s unfair, and so it’s gonna spur their turnout in the midterms, which is going to be critical in several races.”
 
“If you just break it down as a matter of political analysis and say who is this group [calling for impeachment], it reminds me that the Republican Party has become almost a completely white party,” Williams continued. “The people who want him impeached are all white, they’re all older, and guess what — they’re all in the far right wing of the Republican Party.”
 
“He might as well have just said they’re all racists,” Needham objected. “That’s ridiculous….You’re the one demonizing people who are concerned about the fact that we have a crisis of Constitution.”
 
“Look, we can have a principled argument about President Obama’s actions and use of executive actions, but you called him lawless, as if he’s an outlaw, as if he’s riding the range and we gotta go get that guy,” Williams said.


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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