Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman said Tea Party Republicans are on a racially-fueled mission to get President Barack Obama out of office, in an interview with CNN set to air Friday.
Speaking with host Piers Morgan, Freeman said Obama's election, instead of curbing racism, has "made it worse."
"The Tea Partiers who are controlling the Republican Party...their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term," Freeman said. "What underlines that? Screw the country, we're going to do whatever we can to get this black man out of here."
"But is that necessarily a racist thing?" Morgan pressed.
"It is a racist thing," Freeman insisted.
Freeman also said the Tea Party's presence "shows the weak, dark, underside of America."
"We’re supposed to be better than that. We really are," Freeman said. "That’s, that’s why all those people were in tears when Obama was elected president. 'Ah, look at what we are. Look at how, this is America.' You know? And then it just sort of started turning because these people surfaced like stirring up muddy water."
Watch the full clip, via CNN: