Perry: Civil Rights Movement All About Lower Taxes

Oh, no he didn't! But he did: Texas Gov. Rick Perry compares the civil rights movement to the GOP's struggles to lower corporate taxes.  

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, GOP presidential candidate (Getty)

Is Republican Rick Perry running for president of the United States or for something else? With his recent political gaffe, he and Michele Bachmann appear to be running on the same anti-African-American platform.

During a talk before South Carolina supporters yesterday, the Texas governor compared the civil rights movement to the GOP’s fight for lower corporate taxes and deregulation, as reported in AlterNet. He was serious.

In Rock Hill, South Carolina, a reporter pointed out to Perry that this year also marks the 50th anniversary of a historic sit-in in the town:

PERRY: Listen, America’s gone a long way from the standpoint of civil rights and thank God we have. I mean we’ve gone from a country that made great strides in issues of civil rights. I think we all can be proud of that. And as we go forward, America needs to be about freedom. It needs to be about freedom from overtaxation, freedom from over-litigation, freedom from over-regulation. And Americans regardless of what their cultural or ethnic background is they need to know that they can come to America and you got a chance to have any dream come true because the economic climate is gonna be improved. 

Perhaps Perry and Bachmann should become running mates. They seem to share the same worldviews. 

Read more (and watch the video) at AlterNet. 

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