A Fox News guest called President Obama “the rapper-in-chief” on Monday because he used the N-word during a podcast interview.
Obama recently appeared on comedian Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, the audio of which was released on Monday morning, and discussed racism in the U.S.
“Racism, we are not cured of. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public,” Obama said. “That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.”
Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli, who is black, expressed outrage during a discussion on the Fox News show “America’s Newsroom.”
“He has really dragged in the gutter-speak of rap music,” Borelli said. “So now he’s the first President of rap, of street? I mean, come on, he has lowered the stature of the high office of the President of the United States.”
“The President-in-chief, the rapper-in-chief now, is further dividing our country,” Borelli continued.
Borelli, a Conservative Review correspondent, said Obama’s use of the word spoke “volumes” about who he is as a President.
“The man is divisive and he has taken the level of the office of the presidency down to another level by saying these words and he’s continuing — listen, class warfare — you name it,” Borelli said, trying to list what Obama has done wrong. “He’s dividing the country. … He makes it seem like our country is the racist (sic) country in the world, and it’s not.”
Host Bill Hemmer contributed his take on the use of the word.
“I mean as a white American, my entire life I know that this is an electric word,” Hemmer said. “And you stay away from it. … This is something that we thought was entirely off-limits and now you have the President using it.”
Borelli lamented that Obama had not commended how people of all races had come together to pray and commemorate the lives of the nine black churchgoers who were killed last week in Charleston, S.C.
The mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black church, were allegedly committed by a white gunman, Dylann Roof, who apparently had white supremacist leanings.
Ahiza Garcia is a newswriter based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Ahiza interned and freelanced for Nightline, Fox Sports, and ESPN the Magazine. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and an M.S. in digital journalism from Syracuse University. She can be reached at email@example.com.