On Thursday’s episode of “Pat Gray Unleashed,” Pat highlighted comments that former President Barack Obama made during a panel discussion Tuesday at the 25th anniversary gala for Rice University's Baker's Institute for Public Policy.
Pat noted the racist tone Obama used when he called Americans who support strong border control policy "intolerant."
Obama's version of identity politics
"Identity politics are the kind of politics that does not allow for compromise because it's based on passions and emotions and identities," Obama said. "Which is why, by the way, when I hear people say that they do not like identity politics I think it's important to remember that identity politics doesn't just apply when it's black people or gay people or women."
Obama claimed that identity politics originated among individuals who were responsible for creating Jim Crow laws that mandated local and state governments to enforce racial segregation in southern U.S. states during the early 20th century.
What did Pat have to say?
Obama cited the Constitution's three-fifths clause, prompting Pat to stop the video to explain that Obama was trying to associate the clause with Jim Crow.
Pat noted that it was Democrats who enacted Jim Crow laws, not Republicans, and that the three-fifths clause was a compromise between abolitionists and pro-slavery Framers of the Constitution.
"The three-fifths clause was not about identity politics, it was about trying to protect the country against slavery," Pat said. "The South wanted their slaves to count as one whole person in the United States census. The North did not want slaves to count at all, so the two factions compromised on three-fifths."
Obama then shifted the conversation to a "smugness" held by Americans and what he referred to as the "elites."
Pat stopped the video at that point and joked that "smug" should be a part of Obama's name: "Barack Osmugma."
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