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MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart: Jan Brewer’s Infamous Finger Wag At Obama Was Racist

During a conversation on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner, a panel discussion praising Arizona Jan Brewer for opting into the expansion of Medicaid offered in the Affordable Care Act quickly reverted to chastising Brewer for her ostentatious displays of opposition to President Barack Obama. Recalling a famous image in which Brewer waged her finger at Obama on an Arizona tarmac, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart noted that this showy moment was not only disrespectful to the office of the presidency, but was also conspicuously racist.

Wagner began the segment by lamenting “voter suppression efforts” and singled out the Arizona legislature for redistricting proposals which lump ethnic minorities into single districts – creating what are known as majority-minority districts.

“It’s amazing to me that there is no bashfulness in what is clearly a bastardization of the democratic process,” Wagner declared.

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Janell Ross, contributing editor for The Root, said that Arizona was thought to be a potential swing state in the 2012 presidential election. She added that, given the efforts which Wagner stipulated disenfranchise minorities, the fact that the state did not flip red to blue was “not coincidental.”

Turning to the “infamous” finger wagging incident, Wagner asked Capehart about Wagner’s ability to fundraise off of her opposition to Obama.

“It was incredibly disrespectful,” Capehart replied. “But it played to Jan Brewer’s base. It played to the tea party base that hates the president so much that they don’t even have respect for the office, it seems, anymore.”

“It is not only wagging her finger at the president,” Capehart continued, “but a lot of people saw it as her wagging her finger at this president who’s also black who should not be there.”

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