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Morgan Freeman calls Tea Party racist

Start mocking-up Shawshank Redemption posters with Hitler mustaches! Shawshank star Morgan Freeman, who also famously played the president in the 1998 popcorn film, Deep Impact, tells Piers Morgan that the Tea Party movement is racist for its efforts to make Barack Obama a one-term president. The Oscar-winning actor said that Obama’s election has made race relations in this country worse, because the Tea Party movement is “a racist thing.” “Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” the actor said. “What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we … can to get this black man outta here.’”

Freeman dismissed Morgan’s notion that the Tea Party’s motivations were strictly political, and expressed concern over the influence the Tea Partiers were wielding. “It just shows the weak, dark, underside of America,” he said. “We’re supposed to be better than that.” Watch below.

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Originally posted September 23 2011 — 4:27 PM EDT

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