Tavis Smiley Compares Obama to Jesus

PBS host Tavis Smiley -- who recently said data shows "black people lost ground in every single leading economic category during the Obama years" -- on Sunday compared Barack Obama to Jesus.

Appearing on CBS's "Face The Nation," Smiley was asked about Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate for Senate from Kentucky, continually refusing to say she voted for Obama.

"Peter only denied Jesus three times," Smiley said. 

"In Kentucky as was discussed earlier you have a candidate who four times in matter of minutes wouldn't even admit to voting for Barack Obama. You want his loyal base to support you, you give the president the Heisman, but you want his constituents to vote for you. I mean, Peter only denied Jesus three times. 

"The fourth time denial in a matter of minutes -- but you want the black vote to come save you again. You want Hispanics to save you again. I'm not saying that blacks and browns ought to abandoned the Democratic Party, what I'm saying is you've got to hold them accountable and maybe the lessons about what happens this year ought to start being reviewed now in advance of 2016."

Smiley also had some tough love for his Messiah. "There is a nothing to inspire African Americans to turn out in huge numbers, nothing to inspire Hispanics to turn out in huge numbers. When you have double the national unemployment average -- you have double that inside the African American community, triple it in some sectors -- there's a highway into poverty but barely a sidewalk out."