NAACP Official Says Obama Campaign Staffer Threatened Him For Criticizing the President
Lowery is the president of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP in Chicago, and says Raymond threatened him after Lowery told the campaign he doesn’t “personally support the president because he’s not addressing issues important to the black community.” Lowery said he was explaining that to Raymond when the Obama campaign staffer told him, “You know what? I know everything about you.”
Lowery says Raymond then added, “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you,” before hanging up on him.
After the call, Lowery filed a police report with Oak Forest police, he says, “in case something happens.”
Lowery went on to say that he is disturbed by the Obama campaign’s belief that the NAACP should automatically support President Obama just because he’s black. He then pointed out that the NAACP is a nonprofit and thus, really shouldn’t be supporting anyone. He says the threatening call he received is also a signal that the Obama campaign is worried about black turnout.
Lowery hosts an internet radio program called “Let the Truth Be Told,” where he often criticizes President Obama.
The Obama reelection campaign issued the following statement: “Unfortunately there seems to have been a miscommunication regarding this conversation and we have since discussed with the campaign staffer in an effort to clarify the matter. The President continues to support the mission and principles of the NAACP and the work they do.”
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