Rick Santorum: Obama ‘Exacerbated’ Racial Tensions In America

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum blamed President Obama for exacerbating racism in the United States.

According to former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), former President Barack Obama is guilty of having exacerbated race relations in the United States by siding with people of color over law enforcement officers when news of police brutality entered public debate.

His comment came after Karine Jean-Pierre, a spokeswoman for the progressive advocacy group Move On, said on CNN's “State of the Union” that Obama’s election led to a Republican backlash upon which President Trump then capitalized to win the presidency.

“You elect the first black president and there was an uproar,” she said. “You saw the obstruction by Republicans time and time again."

"What Donald Trump did was he tapped into it. Let's not forget, he started his political career talking about birtherism," Jean-Pierre added, referring to the conspiracy theory that falsely claimed Obama was not born in the United States.

Rather than engage Jean-Pierre on the backlash to Obama, Santorum instead cast blame on the former president for making the situation worse:

“Many people saw Barack Obamabeing just that, doing more to exacerbate racism,” Santorum said.

Asked exactly what Obama did to exacerbate racism, Santorum said that “every time someone of color was involved, he took the side, many times, against the police.”

"He did it over and over and over again,” Santorum added. “President Obama was to many people out there someone who could have come together, brought this country together.”

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