Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said in an interview with Fusion's Jorge Ramos Tuesday that a “big reason” he left the Republican Party was racism.
After failing to win the Florida Senate seat as an Independent in 2010, Crist is now running as a Democrat for his old office against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
In the Fusion interview Tuesday, Crist claimed he had become uncomfortable with the Republican party in part to racial prejudice against Barack Obama. Crist argued that Republicans are popularly perceived as “anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, [and] anti-gay,” and that he now feels "liberated" as a Democrat:
I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there. I was a Republican and I saw the activists and what they were doing, it was intolerable to me.
Funny, I thought he "left" because voters declined to nominate him over Marco Rubio... In fact, he didn't "leave" at all, he was declared un-suitable as a candidate by the people who knew him best.
On the plus side: Crist has officially graduated from his Democrat training program. This is a skillful use of playing the race card by, arguably, the whitest man in America. And he played it on Latino television after being defeated by Marco Rubio -- a Latino.
Al Sharpton for Teacher of the Year!