Former President says Founding Fathers created identity politics; Americans had ‘great smugness’ after Cold War
November 28, 2018
Former president Obama made several inflammatory comments at an event at Rice University in Houston Tuesday, including claiming that the Founding Fathers were responsible for creating divisive identity politics.
Sharing a stage with ultra globalist former Secretary of State James Baker, Obama said he is disappointed to see a move toward “a politics based on a nationalism that’s not pride in country but hatred for somebody on the other side of the border.”
“You start getting the kind of politics that does not allow for compromise, because it’s based on passions and emotions,” Obama said, after referring to President Trump’s campaign.
“It’s identity politics,” Baker chimed in.
Obama then claimed that identity politics started in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention between the Founding Fathers.
Obama chastises America: Our Founders created identity politics with “3/5ths clause” and Jim Crow perpetuated it … Americans have suffered a “great smugness” about our wealth and post-Cold War hegemony. pic.twitter.com/P0icpCgr8g
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“When I hear people say they don’t 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 said.
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“The folks who really originated identity politics were the folks who said Three-Fifths Clause and all that stuff. That was identity politics … Jim Crow was identity politics. That’s where it started.” he continued, injecting race into the conversation.
“So part of what’s happened is that when people feel their status is being jostled and threatened, they react,” Obama continued.