Former president Barack Obama ran the United States “like a banana republic” as “criminal-in-chief” and enriched himself and his cronies at the expense of the rest of the country, according to Denzel Washington.“Federal debt skyrocketed under Obama. He was printing money by the end of his reign. This is unheard of in our history. He ran the country like a banana republic,” said Denzel Washington at a New York screening of his new film, the legal drama “Roman J. Israel, Esq.“Asked by a reporter whether his information about Obama was correct, Denzel Washington confirmed that it was “absolutely correct.”“Federal debt skyrocketed under Obama. He was printing money by the end of his reign. This is unheard of in our history. He ran the country like a banana republic,” said Denzel Washington at a New York screening of his new film, the legal drama “Roman J. Israel, Esq.“
Asked by a reporter whether his information about Obama was correct, Denzel Washington confirmed that it was “absolutely correct.” He also criticized mainstream media for attempting to turn Obama into a “kind of idol.”
“Why aren’t CNN discussing the facts? They think we are too stupid to understand the metrics?” Denzel Washington said, explaining that he had seen “a CNN segment about Obama’s legacy that blew my mind and left me raging.”
“There were more ready-and-willing workers out of the labor force than ever before by the time that guy left office. Obama blew it for America big time and now they are trying to portray him as some kind of idol?”
“The number of people in America on food stamps more than tripled in his second term. More than tripled! Average family income went down dramatically. Home ownership rates across America went down the toilet.”“Obama and his cronies sold us out. Real American workers have never had less of a share of the economy.”
The Equalizer actor also explained that while many of his Hollywood peers were “groomed by the Obamas” with “invitations to parties in the White House, black-tie balls and barbecues on the lawn”, he wasn’t extended the same treatment.
“He knew I was very suspect about him. I have always been very suspect about him.”
“Where did he come from? What was he really doing before running for office? His history sure isn’t what they say. Did he go to Columbia? Who put him in power?”
Addressing the reporters personally, Denzel Washington called them out for refusing to publish anything critical about Obama and his colleagues.“Once upon a time this is what investigative journalists at the big newspapers would be determined to find out. Now you have all been co-opted. You defend the crooks.”
Reports that Denzel Washington called former President Barack Obama the “criminal-in-chief” are false. Rumors that the Academy Award-winning actor criticized Obama and the mainstream media at a screening of his new film stemmed from a notorious purveyor of fake news.
According to a Gossip Cop report, the fake claim originated on YourNewsWire, a disreputable/clickbait website known for publishing conspiracy theories and fake news. The article claimed that, in a recent interview, Washington attacked Obama and complained about CNN’s coverage of the president during his tenure. It purported:
Washington was a supporter of Obama in the 2008 election. Additionally, the actor hugged Obama in front of the Lincoln Memorial at his inaugural celebration in 2009 and praised him during a screening of the film “Fences” last year. “I think that he served with dignity, strength, patience and I think he did a great job,” he said. Washington’s new film Roman J. Isreal, Esq., which was referenced in the fake story, was released last month.
Since at least 2016, fake news purveyors have been attempting to paint actor Denzel Washington as a staunch support of President Donald Trump. In August of that year, for example, untrustworthy web sites falsely claimed that the actor “shocked Hollywood” when he “switched sides” to support the Republican candidate for president.
The utterly disreputable YourNewsWire.com took a different approach to this long-running lie in a December 2017 article in which they claimed that Washington had criticized Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama as the “criminal-in-chief”:This is not a genuine quote from Denzel Washington. YourNewsWire.com has a long history of publishing inflammatory misinformation, conspiracy theories, and fake news. No credible outlets documented the actor saying this, and the actor’s publicist confirmed to Media Matters that the story was completely fictitious.
Despite the disreputable source for this quote, the article was widely shared as genuine news by several people on social media. CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck lent some faux credibility to the article when he shared it on Facebook along with the caption “without a doubt.” Houck later replaced the story and with a message apologizing for the error — “I apologize for retweeting a fake news story re: Denzel Washington I didn’t even read” — before deleting the post entirely.
In January 2017, the same site misrepresented a video clip of Washington in order to make it seem as if was taking a personal swipe at Meryl Streep after the actress criticized Trump.