On The Independents Monday, Michael Skolnik, political director of Russell Simmons (you read that right), attempted to defend Obama’s abuse of executive orders by blaming racist obstructionism in Congress. When Skolnik cited as proof the claim by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) that Tea Partiers hurled racial slurs at him and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)—a claim Andrew Breitbart famously disproved—Kennedy et al called him out on the “unfounded” and “dangerous” accusation.
After trying to blame Bush for setting the precedent for Obama’s abuse of executive power, Skolnik reverted to the race card. The self-described “civil rights leader” argued that Obama is being forced to resort to executive orders because, unlike Reagan and other presidents before him, "he is black."
Skolnik: There are people in Congress who do not want to work with him because he is black.
When asked for proof, Skolnik turned to the long-discredited Reps. Lewis and Carson racial slur accusation.
Kennedy immediately called foul, referencing Breitbart’s $100,000 challenge for video evidence of the alleged slurs:
Kennedy: We don't believe John Lewis. We think he is lying on that.... Did you see Hating Breitbart? Did you see 75 people who had video going at that exact moment who didn’t hear anything. Stop saying that, stop saying that. That is unfounded, it’s dangerous, and how dare you?
After fellow host Kmele Foster underscored that the discredited race-baiting fabrication was the best Skolnik could do for evidence, Skolnik returned to his original talking point:
Skolnik: You do anything to protect the American people. If Congress is not going to work with you, you’ve got executive orders.