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April 9th, 2014 - 4:37 pm

“Hank Aaron Compares Republicans That Oppose Obama To KKK,” CBS’s Atlanta affiliate reports, in which a legendary athlete taints his later years via an ugly political slur, and declares half his fans racist:

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance.

“Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

Aaron stated that there is still room for improvement for race relations in the U.S.

Hammer, heal thyself:

Similarly, Democrat President Woodrow Wilson could not be reached for comment.

Update: “I idolized @HenryLouisAaron as a kid, but sir, I’d like to chat with you re: history, Democrats & the KKK,” tweets Allen West. Much more at Twitchy.

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Aaron probably gets the biggest pass on seeing everything through race-colored lenses; I'd hate (pun intended) to see some of the mail he got about 40 years ago.

That being said, he's an ex-baseball player, not a political commentator -- even if his views probably reflect 99% of the black population. This is just showboating by that local CBS affiliate; any guesses on whether they'd publish his views if he turned out to be a Tea Partier?
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Hank's brother-in-law is Georgia Democratic Congressman David Scott. So there's a bit of a fan rooting interest here for Aaron (though it would be fun to ask Scott if he sees his fellow Republicans in Congress the same way).
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Re: the video: Nixon had the perspicacity to see that the Dixiecrats were ripe for conversion to the GOP. Their allegiance to states' rights and their hostility to government-ordered integration and other mandates made them a bad fit as Democrats.
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Shut up and swing, Hank.
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Hank Aaron is a hate filled senile racist.
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The truth is racist!
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