Animosity between whites and African-Americans has intensified during President Obama’s tenure in the White House, according to Newt Gingrich.
The former House speaker declared Thursday on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” that Obama, along with former Attorney General Eric Holder, widened the racial divide with their policies and public statements. “I think a lot of their approach heightened that tension, and I think we have to oppose white racism,” he said.
Newsmax explained that Gingrich was commenting on a video posted on Facebook Live. The clip featured four young black men assaulting and torturing a white man who suffers from mental-health problems. “We also have to oppose black racism,” the former Republican congressman from Georgia said. “If this had been done to an African-American by four whites, there would be no question it was a hate crime.”
He continued: “Can you imagine if four 18-year-old white males had done that to an African-American with a disability? … We need to send a message to the country. ‘Don’t do this. We don’t care whether you’re white or black. We don’t care what your excuse is. We’re not tolerating this.’”
Gingrich claimed the United States is “at the edge of a terrible period,” adding: “I know President-elect Donald Trump wants to avoid having deep, bitter division in the communities in a way that makes America very hard to govern.” However, many people fear the president-elect will exacerbate the problem. Throughout his campaign, Trump ridiculed racial minorities, calling for drastic actions against Muslim-Americans and the deportation of undocumented immigrants.