Is London’s mayor racist for saying THIS about Obama? Or do you think that what he said was true? Check out what he said that some are now calling ‘dog whistle racism’.
Boris Johnson was accused of ‘dog whistle racism’ and likened to right-wing ‘Tea Party’ politicians in the US this morning after his attack on the ‘part-Kenyan’ Barack Obama.
The Mayor of London spoke out against the US President after he urged British voters to stay in the EU and mentioned his African ancestry as he criticised the decision to remove a bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office shortly after Mr Obama entered the White House.
Mr Johnson – who is favourite to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister – suggested the President got rid of the statue as a ‘snub’ to Britain’s wartime prime minister and a ‘symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire’.
But Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell hit out at Mr Johnson and demanded he withdraw the controversial remarks.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Mask slips again. Boris part-Kenyan Obama comment is yet another example of dog whistle racism from senior Tories. He should withdraw it.’
Mr Johnson’s team has yet to respond to MailOnline’s request for a comment.
And Diane Abbott, Shadow International Development Secretary, hit out at Mr Johnson, describing his remarks as ‘offensive’ and said they echoed those of the Tea Party’s right-wing, anti-immigration tendency in the US.
Former Lib Dem leader Lord Campbell said Mr Johnson’s comments were ‘an unacceptable smear’.
Read more: Daily Mail