The Most Ridiculous Republican Attempt to Paint President Obama as a Racist You Will Ever See

Ted-YohoI’ve been thinking about doing a satire piece about Republicans accusing President Obama of being a racist.  But after reading the comments that came from freshman Florida Congressman Ted Yoho, no amount of creative satire could be nearly as ridiculous as what he actually said.

Essentially, he said that the 10% “tanning tax” included in “Obamacare” is a racist attack based on the color of someone’s skin.

I swear to you, that’s what he said.

Here are his actual comments during a town hall meeting in Florida:

“I had a little fun with Boehner and told him about the sun tanning tax.  He goes, ‘I didn’t know it was in there,’ and I said, ‘Yes, it’s a ten percent tax.’ He goes, ‘Well, that’s not that big of a deal.’ I said, ‘It’s a racist tax.’ He goes, ‘You know what? It is.’”

His explanation:

“I had an Indian doctor in our office the other day, very dark skin, with two non-dark skin people, and I asked this to him, I said, ‘Have you ever been to a tanning booth?’ and he goes, ‘No, no need.’ So therefore it’s a racist tax and I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.”

So, President Obama is attacking people for the “color of their skin” because of a 10% tax on tanning booths he included in “Obamacare.”

I can’t even properly respond to this level of stupidity, because the language I would use wouldn’t be appropriate.

All I can say is—wow.

But shockingly, this isn’t the first time President Obama has been called a racist for including a 10% tanning tax in the Affordable Care Act.  Just last year former Congressman Allen West echoed the same sentiment, telling a group of people the tax was racist because “he isn’t tanning.”

Allen West is, of course, African American.

Or maybe the fact that tanning booths have been linked to skin cancer might be the reason why there’s a 10% tax attached to a law about health care.  Just a wild hunch.

The ironic part is, I’ve known Italians, Hispanics, African Americans and others with darker than average skin who’ve used tanning booths.  So isn’t it really racist to imply, as Yoho and West have done with their comments, that it’s only Caucasians who would use them?

But there’s no real point to try utilizing logic, rational thoughts or even sanity when trying to understand the ignorantly insane.

Congressman Yoho’s comments are simply those of a buffoon—pure and simple.  There’s no reasoning behind them.  There’s no logic and they defy rational thought.  They define ignorance, and Republicans should be ashamed people like Yoho represent their party.

Sadly, I highly doubt many of them are ashamed.  It’s just par for the course with this group of nincompoops and the people who vote for them.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • moonkat51

    His name should be Yayhoo. Dumbest statement ever.

  • Snookie said pretty much the same mess a couple years ago. I’m sure these as*es would love to find that they’re in complete ignorant agreement with Snookie and the Tan Mom.

  • deckbose

    The man’s name is Yoho. Do you really need any more clarification?

    • Robyn Kern

      more like Yoyo.

      • Jo-Ann Lumley

        YOYO=You’re On Your Own

    • Mike

      Yoho, yoho… it’s a pirates life for me!

      • Sam Brosenberg

        Why is the rum gone?

  • Anita Delgado

    what a retard. people who tan have a higher risk of skin cancer. has nothing to do with the color of your skin has everything to do with science.

    • azportsider

      They’re republicans, Anita. They don’t do science.

      • Dennisdread_2000

        They do when it’s nukes.

    • Emily

      They would have to believe in Science first to even consider the possibility!!

    • Lesly Weiner

      please don’t use that word. it is awful and mean. my son is developmentally disabled. thats what you refer to when you say that awful word with malice. you use it to really cut down this stupidity. my son is not stupid. please try to understand how awful that word is – in the same way as the N word. would you say that?

      • Anita Delgado

        Your son is not retarded, he is mentally disabled. it isnt the same as saying the N word. saying someone is retarded (because they chose to be) has nothing to do with things people can not control like mentally challenged or black.

  • Adnan

    Stupidity should be taxed.

    • lurch394

      It is. We call it the lottery.

      • Dennisdread_2000

        People win the lottery.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        But infinitely more people play than win.

        I saw a bumper sticker: STUPID SHOULD HURT

      • Andrew Rudin

        Yep. “Taxation for the stupid”.

    • Mike

      The federal debt would be eliminated overnight and the government would be running a staggeringly large surplus even the most liberal of politicians could not figure out how to spend.

      • Dennisdread_2000

        That’s easy, give it to Offen, excuse me, Defense contractors.

    • Anna Rather

      Good one, Adnan.

    • CW

      Then Republicans would complain they were being unfairly targeted. 🙂

    • Rusti

      Wish they did! The GOP alone would put us back on the right track in no time!

    • Gary Menten

      If we could do this, Teapublicans alone could pay off the entire national debt of the United States in 6 months.

  • Pipercat

    C’mon Allen, there’s plenty of logic in the Congressman’s argument; truly bonafide fallacious logic!

  • ShoreBudMike

    What’s most sad is that these people – and their supporters – are far too ignorant to even know they should be embarrassed by the wildly outrageous things they say. These are people whose heads do not cast shadows.

    If we don’t know that we don’t know, we’ll never know.

  • mujokan

    “I’ve known Italians, Hispanics, African Americans and others with darker
    than average skin who’ve used tanning booths. So isn’t it really
    racist to imply, . . . that only Caucasians would use them?”
    Hispanic is NOT a race, and “Caucasian” includes Italians and many Hispanics. If you’re going to wade into this murky arena, please try for some accuracy.

    • bigbeto

      It’s not? Then why the hell have I been putting a check-mark next to HISPANIC on all of my IRS forms my entire adult life? Get over yourself. Semantics are best left to politicians and lawyers.

  • RRuin

    I guess the skin cancer all those people who use tanning booths are going to get is a form of racism too? Republicans=Idiots.

  • AntieQ

    It’s like they don’t know our President’s mother was white. Do they really think he was bigoted against his own mother?

    • Sam Brosenberg

      She’s not a Real white person to them, since she had a kid with a black man, she’s practically black herself.

      • William Carr

        Actually, Ann Dunham was directly descended from the FIRST Black Slave in America.

    • Babe


  • melloe

    Well, I think it has about all been said below in that the yoyo Yoho tested logic and stupidity, and stupidity won

  • Dennisdread_2000

    They are as petty as petty could be, and they are incapable of shame.

  • Intouch

    Nincompoops says it all!

    • Pipercat

      Frivolous nincompoops!

  • think4urself

    I believe he’s a smoker and enjoys a drink or two, so with this line of ridiculous logic why isn’t he abolishing those taxes?

    • Babe

      for one reason….he’s a fricken idiot

  • Nancy Peluso

    Allen, your article is ridiculous. First of all, as a Caucasian, if I were of the mindset to l LOOK for it, I could consider this discrimination. Who else do you see using tanning salons besides Caucasian people? However, I know that is not what they had in mind with the tax. It has been medically proven that tanning is very dangerous,causing skin cancer. So, I see it as being like the cigarette tax. BTW – Italians are considered Caucasian. 🙁

    • RJB, PhD

      Sigh. I’m Black (and have brown skin the shade of the brown crayola) and have used tanning booths many times to even out my skin tone. So have MANY of my friends (especially for big life events such as weddings, hallmark birthdays, etc.)

  • trippinghazard

    The first place I heard this argument was by Snookie on the Jersey Shore. Republicans are making arguments with the same intelligence and racial awareness as an MTV reality show character. And I could not be less surprised.

  • I Once Was Andrew

    Exactly, Clifton — their reality IS satire. Don’t write satire articles. Just don’t do it.

  • Ben Fischer

    illustrates the one dimensional thought process….

  • openlyblack

    Uh … the guy’s name is YOHO! What else would you expect from a guy named after the first line of a pirate drinking song?

  • Okok

    Is there a smoking tax included in healthcare? If this is there I can only assume the federal taxes on cigarettes, booze, fast food, and other things more detrimental to a person’a health ought to be included

  • TropicDave173

    Allen West, is, of course, a total f**khead…I’d say this only happens in Florida, but then there’s Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, Steve King and so ON…

  • Brad Geremia

    I agree with everything you say, but the remark “Darker than average skin” is pretty racist too.

  • Gary Menten

    Yoho is looking at “stupid” in the rear view mirror and accelerating towards “sheer idiocy.” Voom! There he goes! Oh look at all those Teabillies trying to catch up with him!

  • Cynthia Padley

    Anybody know what a colony of baboons is called ……….CONGRESS !!

  • JellicleCat60

    Hmmm…proves once and for all that artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity..SMH