Jimmy Carter: Wilson’s Outburst ‘Dastardly’ and ‘Racist’

Former President Jimmy Carter absolutely correct in his assessment of the outburst by Congressman Joe Wilson during President Obama’s speech to the joint session of Congress last week.  Wilson shouted “You lie!” during Obama’s speech to Congress last Wednesday.

Carter, responding to a question submitted Tuesday night at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta, said that Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama last week was an act “based on racism.” Carter says Wilson’s comment was part of an “inherent feeling” of some in this country who feel that a black man should not be president.  Carter called Wilson’s comment “dastardly” – a great word that we don’t see used often enough – and said the president should be treated with respect.

Wilson, a South Carolina Republican member of Congress, was formally rebuked Tuesday in a House vote divided by party lines.

In this short (1:57) excerpt of an interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, Carter responds to what he recognizes as the racist climate against President Obama:

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