Baseball legend Hank Aaron says GOP is ‘KKK with neckties’

Baseball legend Hank Aaron says GOP is ‘KKK with neckties’

Speaking along the lines of the new “civil tone” that President Obama set forth in American politics, baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron had some decidedly poignant and well-vetted thoughts regarding Republican opposition to the Obama administration’s policies.

Based on the President’s new guidelines for political speech, is this type of incendiary attack considered uncivil or is it fine since it didn’t come from Sarah Palin?

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance.

“Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” [Emphasis added]

Aaron stated that there is still room for improvement for race relations in the U.S.

I’m glad he thinks there is still room to improve race relations while simultaneously saying Republicans amount to little more than a Klan meeting. I’m trying to think of something comparable, but this one has jumped the shark. Then again, is it any less civil than what an average primetime MSNBC anchor says on a weekly basis?



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