‘I seem foreign…’ Obama, CNN use ‘race baiting’ like never before as president bids farewell

Doing its part to help secure President Barack Obama‘s legacy, CNN aired a special Wednesday night that proved to be every bit as divisive as Obama has been these past eight years.

…and the network wasted little time tagging his successor, President-elect Donald Trump, as a racist.

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The special, “The Legacy of Barack Obama,” was unbelievably over-the-top with the racial overtones on display, reducing opposition to the policies of the most liberal president in U.S. history to the color of his skin.

Targeting “whites in Southern states,” Obama  pointed to the early controversy over his birth certificate.

“Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign, the other? Are those who champion the ‘birther’ movement feeding off of bias? Absolutely.” the president said.

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No sooner had Obama uttered the words did CNN run a clip of Trump talking about the birth certificate, followed by a clip of former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, now a political commentator for CNN, insisting the birther movement “has roots in racism.”

The reaction on social media was summed up nicely by one user who asked: “Really? The race card again?”

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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