A black Republican has taken a stand against accusations of racism within the Tea Party, successfully shutting down a Democratic strategist who made false claims of racism within the movement. Political strategist Angela Eye called the 2010 resurrection of the Tea Party “very racial in tone” during her appearance on the MSNBC show hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry. In response, Ron Christie, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, lost his temper over the bogus claims.
“Racial! I will not sit here and allow you to say that!” yelled Christie. “This is completely false.” When the show returned from a commercial break, Rye picked up where she left off and mentioned the long-debunked story of black Rep. John Lewis being called the N-word when he went to vote in support of Obamcare.
“The Tea Party has some serious racial challenges. All of the Tea Party members spat on my future boss,” she said. [He] was called the N-word. This wasn’t something I made up. It absolutely is a problem and it has to be addressed.”
But when Rye admitted she wasn’t there when the alleged incident took place, Christie informed her that he was in fact there that day. was actually out talking with Tea Party people. “I actually saw John Lewis walk out to go to the Capitol to vote. I did not hear the N-word being used,” he said. “John Lewis has never said on camera [he was called the N-word). I was standing there. I was listening. I didn’t hear it.”
Even the normally liberal Harris-Perry ended up siding with Christie in the discussion. "There is lots of racial intolerance within the Democratic party,” she said. "I sometimes worry when we name the racial problem as one of the attitudes of individuals, it allows a covering of individuals in the Democratic party, like, ‘I support the black president! I can’t possibly be racist!'”