Politics, Prejudice, President Obama

Senator Blames Obama for ‘Exacerbated Racism’ That Helped Elect Trump


What will Former President Barack Obama be blamed for next?

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) blames former President Barack Obama for the racial divide in America that helped sway voters to elect Donald Trump by a landslide. Santorum said Obama could have brought the country together but instead he increased racism in part by his response to police shootings.

Santorum made the accusations during a heated State of the Union panel discussion about racism on CNN Sunday.

The panel discussed a new book written by a former Obama adviser who quoted Obama as saying “What if we were wrong” about what the American people wanted from a president. “Maybe we pushed too far,” Obama said. “Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”

Karine Jean-Pierre, a senior adviser and national spokeswoman for MoveOn.org, said it was “pretty horrific” to see voters rally behind Trump during the 2016 election.

There was an uproar. You saw the Tea Party. You saw obstruction by Republicans time and time again,” Jean-Pierre said. “It is kind of problematic. It says a lot about this country, and Donald Trump tapped into it.”

Santorum added that Obama played a part in increasing racism that helped elect Trump to office.

What’s being ignored here is the role that Barack Obama played in all this,” Santorum said. “You can’t just go from ‘well, we elected our first black president’ and ‘all of a sudden we get Donald Trump.’ There was something in between those two things.”

According to Santorum, “many, many, many people” saw Obama being racist himself, particularly after police shootings involving white cops killing unarmed black men.

Every time there was a controversy with someone of color involved, he took the side, many times, against the police,” Santorum said. “He did it over and over and over again.”

Santorum added that Obama was “someone who could’ve brought this country together” but failed to do so.

Jean-Pierre, who sat beside Santorum on the panel, defended Obama, saying the few instances when Obama did speak up after police shootings he was standing up for people who had been unjustifiably treated.

She asked Santorum if he was referring to the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012, but time was running out and the panel discussion ended.

Santorum got the last word in, saying, “This president could’ve [brought us] together. He didn’t. He divided us.”

Seriously?

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21 thoughts on “Senator Blames Obama for ‘Exacerbated Racism’ That Helped Elect Trump”

  1. Exacerbated? GTFOH President Obama being elected simply brought them redneck, hatin hillbillies out of the woodwork

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  2. I will say the race tension really got bad during Obama’s 2 terms…. Everything is about race these days.

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  3. I’m just here to say that I stopped reading after “… to elect Donald Trump by a landslide.” – Trump voters are like the Beyhive. #Delusional

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  4. Yea um, this is some str8 BS!!!
    I’m surprised they didn’t mention Obama pardoning a lot of men of color.

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  5. These YT people just Love to blame Obama’s for EVERYTHING! 🙄😒 Damn get off the man nutt🥜 sack!

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  6. I’m so sick of folks acting like Obama was suppose to be Christ Savior to all & I was never a big fan of Obama, only Michelle.

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  7. How can you legislate hearts and minds. America never really addressed it’s race issue Obama being elected President bought to the surface what was there all along social media amplified the hate Like never before. Hate is easy to teach especially in a capitalistic society where money and things seem to matter more than people.

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  8. Apparently They didn’t have the right people on this panel that could really speak to this issue…..I bet Angela Rye or Simone Sanders wouldn’t let his lying white azz have the last word.

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  9. so let me get this straight…. Black folks routinely criticize Obama for not doing ‘anything’ for Blacks. now this racist apologist tries to claim that Obama speaking out against wrong that happened to be suffered by Blacks equates to Obama unfairly siding with Blacks? so he’s damned if he did, damned if he didn’t, smh.

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  10. I don’t even watch the news anymore all you hear everyday all day is trump this and trump that There are sites I don’t even go to anymore because in one day there are at least 20 articles on him about what he said and did and tweeted. This is really getting out of hand and becoming too much. Racist will never admit they are wrong!!! they didn’t in the past and they won’t now.

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    1. i hear that. but, i must admit, i keep returning to CNN, MNBC, PBS, NPR, etc., because everyday there are new denials and new lies coming from Trump and his (mis)representatives. then on SOME days you get a new indictment or guilty plea, and there’s a tiny glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, this delusional dunce and his cronies will be brought to an open shame (and maybe even some of them jailed)… just maybe….

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    2. yaaassss!
      scandal and house of cards got nothing on this administration, smh

      the dam will eventually break and then it’s gonna be ON! let us toast to the beginning of the end of Trump’s b.s. reign.

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  11. I mean when he was elected the already fragile egos of white men who were always taught that they could be come President before a black man was destroyed. I mean I could only imagine how they would be feeling if Hillary was elected, no way were they going to let that happen. So they elected the most ignorant white man they could find, who bluffed his way through the process much like they do in real life.

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