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Santorum says Trump’s racism is Obama’s fault: ‘What’s being ignored here is the role that Barack Obama played’

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum argued on Sunday that President Barack Obama was partially to blame for President Donald Trump’s failure to condemn racism.

During a CNN panel discussion on Sunday, Linda Chavez, a former aide to President Ronald Reagan, complained about an alleged double standard for conservative comedians like Roseanne Barr, who recently had her show cancelled after she used racist language on Twitter.

According to Chavez, TBS host Samantha Bee was speaking for “liberals and their values” when she used a vulgar sexist term to describe Ivanka Trump.

Moveon.org spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre reminded Chavez that President Donald Trump reportedly used a similar sexist word to describe former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

“Racism was here before Donald Trump and sadly it will be here after,” she remarked. “But what he has done, he has normalized it. He’s given license to people to make it okay, to say, ‘You want to put out your racism, make it loud and be public about it? Go ahead because he’s doing it.’ And that is the problem that we’re in.”

Santorum disagreed.

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“The reality is that this president uses crude words and acts crudely sometimes,” Santorum opined. “And I think most Americans, even Republicans, have problems with that. And we see Democrats who do the same thing.”

The former Republican senator added that “most Americans” want the president to “be real and be out there.”

Jean-Pierre observed that Trump “tapped in” to racism in America to help win the presidency.

“He started his political career talking about birtherism,” she reminded Santorum. “And let’s not forget how he capped off his first year. He saw Neo-Nazis marching in [Charlottesville] and what did he say? There are fine people on both sides.”

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“What’s being ignored here is the role that Barack Obama played in all this,” Santorum replied. “I mean, you can’t just go from, ‘We elected our first black president and all the sudden we get Donald Trump.’ There was something in between.”

“I’m saying that it tapped in to something in this country,” Jean-Pierre insisted.

“The thing that it tapped into was that many, many, many people saw Barack Obama doing more to exacerbate racism in this country,” Santorum opined.

“How?” Jean-Pierre asked. “What did he do?”

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“Every time there was a controversy when someone of color was involved, he took the side — many times against the police,” Santorum remarked. “He did it over and over and over again.”

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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‘It’s voter discouragement’: Jake Tapper says Trump efforts to curb Dem votes doesn’t count as ‘suppression’

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CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."

During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."

"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."

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Conservative columnist Max Boot: ‘It’s reality that’s pushing for impeachment’

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Max Boot, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, argued on Sunday that "reality" is "pushing for impeachment."

On CNN's Reliable Sources program, host Brian Stelter asked if it is the media's fault that the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump has become a topic of discussion.

"Journalist are doing their jobs and reporting the facts," national security analyst Samantha Vinograd insisted. "I don’t think that putting the press in one basket is helpful. Trump does that, but we shouldn’t do that."

Boot said that attacking the media over impeachment amounts to "blaming the messenger."

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