Former U.S. Congressman Allen West on Tuesday went after Minnesota state Rep. Ryan Winkler (D) for referring to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as "Uncle Thomas," a clear reference to the racist "Uncle Tom" slur.
"If Paula Deen must resign so should MN Rep Winkler. Didn’t know Uncle Tom is racist slur? I’m sick of liberal hypocrisy," West said, via his official Twitter account.
Rep. Winkler later issued a kind of-sort of apology, claiming he was unaware that the phrase "Uncle Tom" was a racist term.
“I did not understand ‘Uncle Tom’ as a racist term, and there seems to be some debate about it. I do apologize for it, however,” he wrote on Twitter.
However, there has seemingly been less outrage displayed compared to when Paula Deen admitted to using the n-word in the past. The Food Network quickly announced they would not be renewing Deen's contract. She also lost an endorsement deal with Smithfield, a pork company that sold a ham with her face on it.
Winkler has given no indication that he will resign over his racial slur. He instead is asking people to judge him on the “merits” of his work rather than his recent comments.