Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is under fire for using a racially-charged term in relation to President Obama.
Speaking about Obama's energy policies to the conservative news organization Shark Tank on Wednesday, Bachmann said, "This is just about waving a tar baby in the air and saying that something else is a problem."
The New York Daily News writes:
The term originates from the "Uncle Remus" stories, in which a doll made of tar and turpentine is used to snare Br’er Rabbit.
While "tar baby" is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "something from which it is nearly impossible to extricate oneself," it has long been recognized as a derogatory term for African Americans.
Bachmann's press secretary was quick to say that the Minnesota Republican was not referencing race when she said "tar baby."
"If you listen to the interview, Rep. Bachmann was making a point about the president's poor understanding of oil prices, which has nothing to do with race," Becky Rogness told Politico. "The president doesn't understand the oil market and hence, has gotten himself into a sticky situation."