“Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd blamed former president Barack Obama for failing to unite the nation, days after the suspected gunman in the Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 50 people wrote in his manifesto that he took inspiration from Donald Trump.
Todd made the point Sunday while challenging presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s vow to unite the American people.
“You aren’t the first candidate to say, ‘I’m going to bring this country together,’” Todd told O’Rourke (watch the video above at 0:50). “The most recent Democratic president, a lot of people put their hope in the thought he was the answer that was going to do that. Why do you think that didn’t happen in Obama’s eight years?”
O’Rourke responded that Obama “worked incredibly hard to find common ground with Republicans and Democrats alike, took a message to the entire country. But I’ll say he was able to achieve a heck of a lot in those eight years.”
Twitter had some bones to pick with Todd.
The night Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Congressional Republicans literally had a meeting and vowed to block his entire agenda but Chuck Todd doesn’t understand how a black man couldn’t solve the white mans racism. Jesus Christ you are dumb @chucktodd— Shashana (@Shashana80sKid) March 17, 2019
Chuck Todd with an attack on Obama that was straight out of Fox News, but Beto O'Rourke set the record straight. pic.twitter.com/hxtbEJMA2A— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 17, 2019
Chuck Todd blaming Obama for America’s division is like blaming Jews for not working harder to get along with Nazis.— Karen Bethany (@Karen_Bethany_) March 17, 2019
We literally have GOP on tape pledging to obstruct any moves made by Obama no matter what.
Can we chuck Todd?— Teresa Prichard (@GHHSArt) March 17, 2019
Now that the legacy of Tim Russert and the credibility of Meet the Press has been destroyed, can Chuck Todd go now??? @NBCNews— Janice (@3310jj) March 17, 2019
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.