25 Overtly Racist Moments in Recent News History

Glenn Beck Calls President Obama Racist

When: July 2009
Network: 
Fox News
Anchor: 
Glenn Beck
Watch it here:
Beck calls Obama racist

In a self-referential gaffe, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck branded President Obama a racist during a July 2009 broadcast of the channel's brain-frying variety hour, Fox and Friends.

Speaking about the President Obama's reaction to the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in Cambridge, MA, Beck suggested the president had a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." The claim was apparently insane enough to prompt a response from apparent eugenicist Brian Kilmeade, who responded by pointing out that Obama's then-top advisors—Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and spokesman Robert Gibbs—were white. Not to mention, you know, the woman who carried him in her womb.

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