The Faux Outrage Over Biden's 'Chains' Quote

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(The Root) — So apparently Barack Obama's presidential campaign is the campaign of hate.


That's according to Mitt Romney, who came out swinging after he caught wind of some commentary that Vice President Joe Biden made while on the campaign trail.

Man, that was hateful. That wasn't a rhetorical flourish or anything. That was the Obama campaign telling black people, who Romney cares so very much about, that they're gonna be slaves again!

Let Romney explain:

" … Romney said Obama's "campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the Presidency. Another outrageous charge came a few hours ago in Virginia. And the White House sinks a little bit lower."

"Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago," Romney said.

Yeah, Obama. Take that hate elsewhere! Now, if you'll excuse Mr. Romney, he has a fundraiser hosted by Donald Trump to attend, thank you very much. And don't forget to speak with Newt Gingrich about his endorsement. Oh, and stop the hate!

For the Romney camp to jump on what could be called, at worst, a poor phrasing of words, is something I would find hilarious if it weren't so ridiculous. Now the Romney campaign recognizes coded language? Anglo-Saxon heritage, blacks and their free stuff, Obama doesn't want welfare folks to work? That's not coded at all! That's all smiley-happy-joy-joy-ice cream-style facts! Calling Obama angry and hateful? That's not playing up any racial stereotypes or anything.


One more magical quote from Romney:

"He demonizes some. He panders to others," Romney said. "His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then cobble together 51 percent of the pieces."


I … but … that's what you've been doi — … how can you claim … I …

I'm sorry. I'm currently choking on the fakest, most tone-deaf outrage we've seen this year. 


Elon James White is a writer and satirist and host of the award-winning video and radio series This Week in Blackness. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.

Elon James White is a writer and satirist and host of the award-winning video and radio series This Week in Blackness. Listen Monday to Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST at TWIB.FM and watch at TV.TWIB.ME/LIVE. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr.