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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.

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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.

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“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.”

“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.

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“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?”

“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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Rick Santorum rips into Corey Lewandowski’s ‘flippant’ admission that he’s happy to lie to the media

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During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, President Donald Trump's former campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski — who was hoping to leverage his appearance trashing Democrats and the Russia investigation for a Senate run in New Hampshire — was forced to admit that he constantly lies on air.

On CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," even former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), a staunch defender of the president, was aghast at this.

"Senator, isn't it kind of a weird way to run for Senate by admitting that you're happy to lie to the American people?" asked Cooper. "I know he was phrasing it as lying to the media, lying to reporters, but, you know, it's not as if — the end result is you're lying to the American people. You are giving people false information. And you're fine with that? You have no moral problem with that?"

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CNN commentators laugh at GOP strategist’s pathetic rationale for why Trump’s Hispanic comments aren’t racist

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Mitch McConnell adviser and GOP strategist Scott Jennings offered a feeble defense of President Donald Trump's demand of his Hispanic adviser Steve Cortes at a rally in New Mexico that he say whether he prefers "the country or the Hispanics"

"Of course it masks racism, and he doesn't do a good job of masking it," said Democratic strategist Maria Cardona. "These comments were racist, ignorant and downright stupid. We shouldn't be surprised from what we've seen this president spew, from the moment he came down the escalator when he announced his campaign when he called Mexicans rapists and murderers and what else can we expect from this man? ... In the latest Univision/Latino Decisions poll, you have 71 percent of Latinos who said they will vote for the democratic candidate. 15 percent maybe will vote for Trump. He's in dire straits for Latinos."

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‘Really, really damaging’: CNN legal analyst breaks down how the Lewandowski hearing was a disaster for Trump

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President Donald Trump, by all accounts, loved his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski's performance in the House Judiciary Committee testimony on Russia and obstruction of justice — as did many of the grandstanding Republicans at the hearing like ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA).

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"Lewandowski was performing for the president," said political analyst Gloria Borger. "He was performing for Republicans in the state of New Hampshire. If he decides to run for the Senate. And Republicans did get an opportunity today ... to sort of shove it back to the Democrats and say, look, you guys, Barack Obama knew about the Russian meddling, why didn't you tell us."

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