Gavin McInnes, the leader of the “Proud Boys” right-wing boys’ club and a CRTV host who has proclaimed that he is not racist or associated with the white supremacist alt-right, said this week that Sen. Cory Booker is “kind of like Sambo” in that he spends his time “shucking and jiving for the white man” and “pretending to be from the hood” in order to get votes from white people.
On Wednesday’s episode of his CRTV show “Get Off My Lawn,” McInnes offered his take about Sen. Booker’s fiery speech to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen after she denied hearing President Trump refer to Haiti and other African nations as “shithole countries” in a White House meeting last week. But before the clip played, McInnes made remarks about the New Jersey Democratic senator.
“I just realized something. Cory Booker is kind of like Sambo. He’s kind of shucking and jiving for the white man. Cory Booker grew up rich in an all-white suburb. He’s basically a white guy. His parents were very wealthy executives at IBM,” McInnes said. “But he wants to be a black dude, so he pretends that he’s down with the brothers and he acts outraged about racism all the time—for white people. That gets him votes from whites.”
“Yes, he gets the black vote. Anyone black gets the black vote. Obama was the least black man I’ve ever seen in my life and he got all the black vote. But what these guys are really trying to get is white votes because that’s the majority of people in this country. If you’re in Japan, you want Japanese votes,” McInnes said.
He continued, “And so he plays up the race card again and again, and what a disappointment to his parents. They didn’t play the race card, they just busted their asses and made tons and tons of money. What does he do? He just gets up there and performs for the white man pretending to be from the hood.”
(UPDATE 1/26/18: CRTV has edited McInnes’ racist comments out of their publicly available version of the episode and flagged our clip for copyright violation in an attempted cover-up, but we still have the original.)