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.”
.@POTUS to @FareedZakaria in #ObamaLegacy: Are there people whose primary concern is that I seem foreign? Absolutely https://t.co/VLBUR6m6es
— CNN (@CNN) December 8, 2016
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:
@CNN @POTUS @FareedZakaria Really? The race card again?
— #LavaJato#CarWash (@branci13) December 8, 2016
@CNN @jaketapper this piece uses more race baiting more than anything I’ve ever seen. Basically everyone who disagreed with him is racist
— joe D (@XX1Whyalwaysme) December 8, 2016
@CNN @POTUS @FareedZakaria If by foreign you mean a President that doesn’t like America? Then yes
— Jeff Lloyd (@JRLHouston) December 8, 2016
@CNN @POTUS @FareedZakaria I’m from the south and I don’t like Obama because he is incompetent! Don’t care were he is from!!
— Donna (@donna1986_donna) December 8, 2016
@CNN It must be so embarrassing working for CNN. Working 24/7 PROMOTING anger and division! What if you worked to unite the country?
— Pat Holzer (@PatHolzer) December 8, 2016
@CNN @POTUS @FareedZakaria He doesn’t seem foreign, but more like a very bad dream #8yrNightmare
— REAL HOPE & CHANGE (@Miz_Gulch) December 8, 2016
@CNN @POTUS @FareedZakaria if you listen everything @BarackObama said in last 8 yrs, he has been the one who divides the country.
— Peachy (@ICXFX) December 8, 2016
@CNN @POTUS @FareedZakaria Wow! I have never seen two more out of touch people in the same room.
— Market Anarchist (@RationalQuery) December 8, 2016
@CNN @POTUS @FareedZakaria nothing to do with his skin color. His legacy is the worst president in our history.
— Aimee Foster (@aimeefoster) December 8, 2016
@CNN @POTUS @FareedZakaria it’s not always about you Obama…supposed to have been about our country. You’re a narcissist Time to pack up
— Honibaba (@honibaba) December 8, 2016
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