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Hank Aaron compares Obama's GOP critics to KKK

Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, and he had much more on his mind than baseball in an interview.

The Hall of Famer also talked politics with USA Today, and said that not only do we have a long way to go in improving race relations, but said Obama’s GOP critics are nothing more than a modern version of the Ku Klux Klan.

“We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics,” Aaron said. “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated.

“We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country.

“The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

h/t: USA Today