Left-wing actor Sean Penn slimed the Tea Party as motivated by racism, charging on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight  on Friday evening that an impediment to President Obama's success is 'what I call the 'Get the N-word out of the White House party,' the Tea Party.'
At a time when Herman Cain tops polls of Republican primary voters, Penn proceeded to allege, without citing any evidence, that 'there's a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, 'can we just lynch him?'' (video below)
In between Penn's two jabs intended to discredit the Tea Party, Piers Morgan helpfully boasted of how actor Morgan Freeman, on his show three weeks ago, 'was very passionate about that very subject, saying there are elements of the Tea Party who just, as he said, want to get the black man out of the White House. He said it on this show.'
Audio: MP3 clip  which matches the video
Indeed, Piers Morgan's program has become the place for celebrities to disparage the Tea Party. As recounted by NB's Noel Sheppard, on the September 23 show, Morgan Freeman asserted  the Tea Party's attitude is 'we're going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.' The night before, actor Alan Cumming of The Good Wife, denounced the Tea Party as driven by  'homophobia and racism.'
Of course, Penn is not opposed to all protest movements: 'I applaud the spirit of what's happening now on Wall Street.'
From the pre-recorded interview on the Friday, October 14 Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN:
SEAN PENN: I would love to see Barack Obama be Bulworth. I'd love to see what I've always wanted to see, somebody run as a one term President and show me that people aren't stupid. They do care about each other. And when he does the right things and takes on the controversies, he's going to win the next election.
And, and there, yet there's another problem. You have what I call the 'Get the 'N'-word out of the White House party,' the Tea Party, this kind of sensibility, which is much more of a distraction-
PIERS MORGAN: Well, I had Morgan Freeman on, one of your movie colleagues, and he was very passionate about that very subject, saying there are elements of the Tea Party who just, as he said, want to get the black man out of the White House. He said it on this show.
PENN: I don't think there's any doubt about it. If you ask a representative of the Tea Party, 'okay, Social Security, socialist, get rid of it,' they're going to get very confused. What the, what they're - at the end of the day, there's a big bubble coming out of their heads saying, you know, 'can we just lynch him?'
If we just focus on the basics, together, I think this is a country that if it - if it - if we kind of wake up and look at each other in a room, it's like the light's off. You turn the light on, people are good....
- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here  to follow Brent Baker on Twitter.