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Candace Owens Rips Obama For Claiming in New Memoir That Trump Election Was Racist

Conservative commentator Candace Owens is not happy that former President Barack Obama is pulling the race card.

During a segment on “Hannity,” Owens was asked about Obama’s new memoir and his claim that Trump was only elected because the American people were scared of a black man in the white house.

Owens calls the claim “despicable.”

In Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land,” he claims that Trump’s presidency was the result of “millions of Americans spooked by a Black man in the White House.”

“It felt like we finally had arrived at a place in this country where we could put the past in the past,” Owens said.

“Barack Obama became the president of the United States because White Americans supported him. And rather than show some unity, rather than show some respect for this country that gave him literally everything he has, he turns his back … and says, ‘Look at this despicable country. It’s broken,’” Owens said.

“He is the first president that has ever sat in the White House and come out … hating America,” she noted.

“Do you think that [Democrats] could have the humility to pause for a second and say, ‘You know what? Maybe it’s not because every single person in America is a racist,’” she said.

“People are standing behind Donald J. Trump because he is an effective and good leader who tells the truth and doesn’t … run on identity politics,” she said.

Obama has been in the news a lot lately.

During a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night, Obama says President Trump must put the country first and concede the election to Joe Biden.

Obama said there’s been a “truth decay” in American politics and it’s “been accelerated by outgoing President Trump.”

“My advice to President Trump is, if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing,” Obama said.

“Well, I mean, I think it was time for him to concede probably– the day after the election– or at the latest, two days after the election. When you look at the numbers objectively, Joe Biden will have won handily. There is no scenario in which any of those states would turn the other way, and certainly not enough to reverse the outcome of the election,” Barack Obama said.

Obama provided a civics lesson in explaining his current advice for Trump.

“Well, a president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design,” he said. “And when your time is up then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests.”

On the massive number of votes that both presidential candidates received, Obama said: “It tells us that we’re very divided. … it’s not just the politicians now. The voters are divided.”

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At another point, Obama said that America’s adversaries have seen the country weakened, which was another not-so-subtle shot at President Trump.

“We have these cleavages in the body politic that they’re convinced they can exploit. There’s an old adage that partisan politics should stop at the water’s edge, right? That, when it comes to our foreign policy, that it is the United States of America, not the divided states of America,” Obama said.

“We have gone through a presidency that disregarded a whole host of basic institutional norms, expectations we had for a president that had been observed by Republicans and Democrats previously. And maybe most importantly, and most disconcertingly, what we’ve seen is what some people call truth decay, something that’s been accelerated by outgoing President Trump, the sense that not only do we not have to tell the truth, but the truth doesn’t even matter,” he said.