- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday blasted President Trump for detaining illegal immigrants in the so-called “cages” that were built under his own administration.

Mr. Obama, who is promoting his latest memoir, “A Promised Land,” made the comments on “The Breakfast Club” radio program while taking a jab at “Hispanic evangelicals” who voted for Mr. Trump’s reelection despite his treatment of illegals.

“People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump, but there’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who — the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts detainees, undocumented workers in cages — they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion,” the former president said.

The comments immediately gained attention on social media, with conservatives correctly pointing out that the chain-link facilities commonly referred to by Democrats as “cages” were designed as temporary holding cells for migrants during the Obama administration.

During his interview, Mr. Obama lamented how some in the Black community also tend to lean conservative because of their views toward same-sex marriage.

“It’s hard winning in Georgia, just like it’s hard winning in Iowa, just like it’s hard winning in a lot of the country,” he said. “Those of us who live in D.C. or New York or L.A., sometimes we do not have a good enough sense of how big this country is and how a lot of folks do not accept at all things that we who are living in urban metropolitan areas just take for granted.”

“I’m from South Carolina, I know,” co-host Charlamagne tha God chimed in.

“I deeply believe that people should be treated equally regardless of sexual orientation, but I think there are big chunks of our community where that’s still controversial,” Mr. Obama added.

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