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Fox shares white voter’s crackpot theory: Racism started when Obama won ‘because he is a racist’

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An older white man told Fox News on Thursday that President Barack Obama was to blame for racism in America because “he himself is a racist.”

Two days after the 2016 election, Fox News host Abby Huntsman traveled to a diner full of white people in Ft. Myers, Florida to talk about Donald Trump’s victory.

A man named Dan opined to Huntsman that protests against Trump were “typical of what’s going on in our colleges today.”

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“It starts in the elementary schools where they’re just brainwashing kids,” Dan insisted. “Our history is really not our history, but they’re rewriting history.”

“What’s your message to them, people out protesting right now?” Huntsman asked.

“Grow up,” Dan shrugged. “It’s disrespect for the law, disrespect for authority.”

According to Dan, “things started going downhill” when President Obama won in 2008.

“Because he — he was himself a racist,” the Florida man declared. “And, I mean, that’s harsh but he was. I mean, he defended every black person that caused a crime.”

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“I don’t know that Obama is a racist,” Huntsman advised politely.

“Well, I’m saying his policies are racist,” Dan said.

“Yeah,” Huntsman replied dubiously as she turned to the next diner.

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Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 10, 2016.

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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‘A profound emoluments clause violation’: Andrew Napolitano slams Trump’s hosting the G7 at Doral

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In the wake of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's announcement this Thursday that next year's G7 summit will be hosted at President Trump's Doral golf club, Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano pointed out that Trump would be violating the emoluments clause if he were to go through with the move.

At the outset of the segment, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto said that the announcement is "effectively saying the president has given himself this contract."

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