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Boris Johnson, London's Mayor Attacks Obama As 'Part Kenyan'

The Mayor of London and a member of the Conservative Party in England turns into a pal of Donald Trump's birther movement.
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Before President Obama began his British presser with Prime Minister Cameron, he wrote an op-ed that made the case for Britain to stay in the EU and that has London's Mayor hoping mad.

So mad in fact, that he promoted the story that President Obama removed Churchill's bust from the White House before launching into full birther mode.

It was a bust of Winston Churchill – the great British war time leader. It was a fine goggle-eyed object, done by the brilliant sculptor Jacob Epstein, and it had sat there for almost ten years.

But on day one of the Obama administration it was returned, without ceremony, to the British embassy in Washington.

No one was sure whether the President had himself been involved in the decision.

Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.

Some said that perhaps Churchill was seen as less important than he once was. Perhaps his ideas were old-fashioned and out of date.

Well, if that’s why Churchill was banished from the Oval Office, they could not have been more wrong.

It's a wonderful thing to see our right wing pals from across the sea to dive into the cesspool of racism that has marked so much of Obama's presidency.

Those words aren't going over well in England, as he's being roundly criticized for using "dog whistle" racism:

The shadow chancellor has accused Boris Johnson of dog-whistle racism for writing an article in which the London mayor quoted claims that Barack Obama’s “part-Kenyan” heritage had driven him towards anti-British sentiment.John McDonnell joined fellow Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Chuka Umunna in questioning Johnson’s judgment in referring to the president’s ancestry in an article for the Sun newspaper.

“Mask slips again. Boris part-Kenyan Obama comment is yet another example of dog-whistle racism from senior Tories. He should withdraw it,” McDonnell tweeted.

Donald Trump's hyperbolic attacks have nothing on conservative Brits.

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