Politico reported on October 23, 2013 that Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Penn implied that Sen. Ted Cruz joke about Nigerian email scammers running the Obamacare website was an appeal to racism in Texas. Cartwright made his remarks on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” to substitute host Michael Eric Dyson.
“Jokes about Nigerian scammers, you know, I wonder how much off the cuff that really was, and how calculated it was to appeal to Sen. Cruz’s base, many of whom believe that the president is from Africa.”
When pressed by Dyson, Cartwright backed away from the implication that the appeal was deliberate, but then offered a slur against Texan supporters of Ted Cruz.
“I don’t know that they’re doing that, Michael, but I will say that I suspect it. And whether they’re doing it on purpose, it does appeal to the people who think that way. There are, you know, a lot of fairly backward people that are a part of the base of people like Sen. Cruz. And comments like that just are right up their alley.”