Considering all he has accomplished in his life, Barack Obama should be the “last person on earth” promoting Critical Race Theory, a civil rights lawyer said Tuesday.
Leo Terrell, a former Democrat who is now a Fox News contributor, was commenting on Obama’s interview Monday night with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Obama said there are “certain right-wing media venues” that “monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a white population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes.”
“And do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened and people are trying to take advantage of them,” he said.
That fear, he said, is manifest in the debate over Critical Race Theory, the Marxist-based theory that regards race as a social construct in which white people are oppressors and people of color the oppressed.
“You would think with all the public policy debates that are taking place right now that the Republican Party would be engaged in a significant debate about how are we going to deal with the economy and what are we going to do about climate change?” Obama said.
“Lo and behold the single most important issue to them apparently right now is critical race theory. Who knew that that was the threat to our republic but those debates are powerful because they get at what story do we tell about ourselves.”
But Terrell said it “makes no sense” that the first black man to be elected president of the United States is “promoting a theory of hate that targets white people.”
“When you promote a theory of hate that specifically targets a particular group of people, like being white, that is a discussion, and affects every American in this country,” Terrell said.
“Who, in this world, oppressed President Obama?” he asked. “He became president. It makes no sense for him to carry the water supporting the Critical Race Theory.”
‘Dark spirits’ in Republican Party
Cooper began the interview by asking Obama about his reference to “dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the Republican Party coming center stage” when Sarah Palin was the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee and had a platform for a time.
“Did you ever think it would get this dark?” Cooper asked.
“No,” Obama replied. “I thought that there were enough guardrails institutionally, that even after Trump was elected that you would have the so-called Republican establishment who would say, OK, it’s a problem if the White House doesn’t seem to be concerned Russian meddling. Or, it’s a problem if we have a president who’s saying, ‘You know, neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, there are good people on both sides.”
The “problem,” however, is that the two examples Obama chose to illustrate the “dark” times the nation went through under Trump don’t hold up to scrutiny.
It’s now known after countless probes, including Robert Mueller’s independent counsel investigation, that President Obama himself oversaw the promotion of the false charge of Trump-Russia collusion.
And Trump did not refer to neo-Nazis as “good people,” explicitly condemning them in the Charlottesville speech Obama referenced.
See Obama’s interview with Anderson Cooper:
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