Tavis Smiley is probably one of President Barack Obama’s most vocal critics. In a recent interview with HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill, Smiley insist he is only holding the nation’s leader accountable.
During the interview, which aired Sept. 11, the New York Times bestselling author joined Hill to discuss the year leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. After addressing his book and the journey Dr. King Jr. endured, Hill segued way to Smiley’s critiques of POTUS as well as his [Smiley’s] statements on racism, poverty and militarism.
Smiley said, “I don’t have a monopoly on the truth. There is the truth, and then there is the way to the truth. And I’m always on that route to the truth. I don’t have a monopoly on it. I tell the truth as best as I see it, try to hold folk accountable, and do all that in love.”
The radio and television host said he respects the president, but will also correct him when he’s wrong.
More than half way through the interview Smiley added, “But the data is going to indicate—I said this before and I’m not happy about this, I don’t celebrate this. I don’t say it as a way of demonizing the president or casting an aspersion on him – but the data is going to indicate that black people lost ground in every single leading economic category during the Obama years.”
Watch the entire interview below.