Former GOP Rep JC Watts Calls Out Fellow Republicans for Silence on Racism


This morning, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd was hoping that he’d be able to speak to a current Republican member of Congress or White House official in the wake of President Donald Trump’s explosive “both sides” comments about the violence in Charlottesville. But, alas, Todd revealed that none of them answered the call to show up this week.

Therefore, Todd on brought former Congressman JC Watts, who was first elected to Congress in 1995 and served in House leadership for a few years. Watts is also the first African-American elected to a statewide office in Oklahoma.

Watts took the opportunity to knock GOP leaders for largely staying silent on Trump’s remarks and not outright condemning him, stating that doing so means “they wear the cap” and indicate they “agree with that.” He further pointed out that “there’s been ample opportunity to disagree with the president on many issues.”

“This is not a time for us to be afraid of being tweeted, he noted. “This is not a time for us to suppress our convictions. I know a lot of those members of Congress and they don’t think like that.”

Watts also told Todd that times like these require “moral clarity” from the president as POTUS “speaks for the values of our country.”

Watch the clip above, via NBC News.

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