Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has embroiled the Conservative Party into allegations of racism after referring to Barack Obama, the President of the United States, as “part-Kenyan” whilst criticising his input into the EU debate.
Johnson said in an article for The Sun newspaper, said:
“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”.
Nicholas Soames, a Conservative MP and grandson of Winston Churchill, said:
“Appalling article by Boris Johnson in The Sun, totally wrong on almost everything”.
John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, said:
“The mask has slipped again. Boris Johnson’s part-Kenyan comment about Barack Obama is yet another example of dog whistle racism from senior Tories. He should withdraw it immediately”.
Yvette Cooper, a contender for the Labour leadership in 2015, said:
“As ever, it’s more bad judgment from Boris Johnson. Is this really how a man who wants to be prime minister should be talking about the president of the United States?”