Bob Kerrey falsely tells CNN today that Obama attended a “madrassa”

UPDATE: Our friends at ThinkProgress have the video.

Not only did Obama never attend a “madrassa” – which is code for “Islamic terrorist training camp” – we’ve got former Senator Bob Kerrey, a Clinton campaign surrogate, again spreading anti-Muslim slurs against Obama after doing the same thing right after appearing with Mrs. Clinton yesterday in Iowa.

Here is some of what Kerrey had to say today on CNN’s Situation Room:

BOB KERREY: “There is a smear campaign going on, and people acting as if he’s a “Islamic Manchurian candidate” and I feel it’s actually a substantial strength. He is a Christian, both he and his family, are Christians, they’ve chosen Christianity, but that connection to Indonesia and a billion Muslims on this earth I think is a real stergnth

CNN’s John King: “But you have to know when you’re about to say something like that that some will twist it, especially in this age of the Internet and the blogs…”

BOB KERREY: “It’s something by the way I have told Barack Obama when I’ve met with him. It something that I’ve spoken about before. So this is not something that just sort of came out of the head birth out there in Iowa. I’ve thought about it a great deal. I’ve watched the blogs try to say that you can’t trust him because he spent a little bit of time in a secular madrassa. I feel quite the opposite. I feel it’s a tremendous strength whether he is in the United States Senate or whether he’s in the White House, I think it’s a tremendous asset for him.”

(My reaction, after the jump.) Kerrey isn’t just trying to slur Obama and make Americans wonder whether Obama has terrorist ties – I mean, using the phrase “Islamic Manchurian Candidate”? – but it’s also incredibly racist. Kerrey is race-baiting Muslims, American-Muslims, implying that Obama is one of them, and we all know that no one good wants to be one of them, nudge nudge wink wink.

It was bad enough when Kerrey did this yesterday, but the fact that he’s doing it again, after he already caused a stink with his earlier comments, means that he’s either race-baiting Obama on purpose, or he’s a blithering idiot who can’t be trusted (and Bob Kerrey is no idiot). On this blog we’ve taken our shots at Obama in the past when he’s deserved it (and he has), and we’ve intentionally not staked out a position in favor of any of the Dem candidates until after the primaries (and in fact, AMERICAblog has been accused by a lot of people of being a closet Hillary supporter), but we’re not going to sit by while Obama is being race-baited by anyone, let alone another Democratic campaign.

And one more point, Kerrey says that Obama and his family “have chosen Christianity”? I’m a Christian, I didn’t “choose” Christianity. That implies that I was something before I was a Christian – oh, I don’t know, say, Muslim? – and then decided to “choose” Christianity instead.

Kerrey is doing the dirty work of the Clinton campaign, or he’s a rogue agent spreading racism in their name. Either way, the Clinton campaign needs to stop this, now.


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