CNN commentator: Americans calling Trump a racist now is the same as Republicans saying Obama was a secret Muslim

CNN commentator: Americans calling Trump a racist now is the same as Republicans saying Obama was a secret Muslim 

Scott Jennings: People believe "everything [Trump] does must be rooted in some form of racism. I think during the Obama years, Republicans were also guilty of this. We ascribed some of Obama's motivations to the fact that he was not born in this country, he was a secret Muslim."

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From the July 5 edition of CNN's New Day:

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ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): Half of Americans find the president of the United States to be racist. Scott, how do you make sense of that? 

SCOTT JENNINGS (CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR): Well, I think it's a reflection of the extreme political polarization we live in in America right now. We are willing, as Americans, to ascribe all of the worst motivations to every policy view, to every action that our political opponents take. In this case, what the people who disapprove of Trump believe is that he's a racist and that everything he does must be rooted in some form of racism. I think during the Obama years, Republicans were also guilty of this. We ascribed some of Obama's motivations to the fact that he was not born in this country, he was a secret Muslim. I think what we have is such polarization that it drives us to believe the worst in our political opponents. It's a mistrustful environment, and it's bad. 

Previously:

Trump's "shithole" comments are racist. Everyone needs to just say that.

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Diversity & Discrimination, Race & Ethnicity, The Presidency & White House
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New Day
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