Consistent to the end, President Barack Obama took one last opportunity at his final press conference to remind the world — again — just how racist America really is.
…in response to a question that effectively served to denounce the election of Donald Trump.
American Urban Radio Networks’ White House correspondent, April Ryan, asked the president if “the rubber-band of inclusion” that people say expanded under his watch “has recoiled and maybe is even broken.”
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Obama responded by saying he worries about inequality before making the dubious claim that the U.S. makes it hard for people to vote… and that this is “acceptable” for some.
“We are the only country in the advanced world that makes it harder to vote rather than easier,” he said.
“We are the only country in the advanced world that makes it harder to vote rather than easier,” Pres. Obama says https://t.co/H9n7JKbYS7 pic.twitter.com/9NlLnFFpJ6
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 18, 2017
There are plenty who will dispute that claim but the divider-in-chief was on a roll, opting to bring up the sins of slavery — which ended over 150 years ago.
“And that dates back,” Obama said. “There’s an ugly history to that we should not be shy about talking about.”
“The reason that we are the only country among advanced democracies that makes it harder to vote is — it traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery and it became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise.”
Spouting the Democratic line, Obama insisted voter fraud in not a problem in the U.S., calling such claims “fake news.”
“This whole notion of election — voting fraud, this is something that has constantly been disproved, this — this is fake news,” the president said. “The notion that there are a whole bunch of people out there who are going out there and are not eligible to vote and want to vote.
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“We have the opposite problem. We have a whole bunch of people who are eligible to vote who don’t vote.”
Pres. Obama on voting fraud: “This is fake news…we are the only country in the advance world that makes it harder to vote and not easier.” pic.twitter.com/DTppBeEfoi
— ABC News (@ABC) January 18, 2017
Social media users were quick to remind Obama that other countries around the world require an ID to vote, with one noting that his administration even supported voter ID efforts in Kenya.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@ABC Fake news? Other nations require photo ID.
— Camacho2020! (@jcschmieder) January 18, 2017
.@ABC Other nations require ID. And the only fake (and racist) news is insinuating “some groups” have difficulty showing ID.
— Mike (@mike4libertyCA) January 18, 2017
@CBSNews That absolute BS… I live on a island and everybody uses an ID to vote it’s common sense it leaves no doubt in the election process.
— Javier v/der Biezen (@jbiezen) January 18, 2017
@CBSNews @CBSDFW Then why, in the 2012 election, were UN observers shocked that we did not require ID to vote?
— D3nT0n_G33k (@D3nT0n_G33k) January 18, 2017
.@CBSNews He spent our money supporting voter ID laws in Kenya. Why do you people NEVER call him on shit like this? https://t.co/sMClI24pbA
— Michelle (@LessThan1Week) January 18, 2017
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