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Fox & Friends prominently showed a racist anti-Obama card during a Friday morning segment about a pro-Trump fan shop in Arizona. The segment featured The Trumped Store and Cafe in Show Low, owned by Karen MacKean and Steve Slaton.
The pair took over northeastern Arizona’s Trump headquarters in 2016, after the presidential election. They explained in the segment, “In the beginning, we started with just a couple [of] tables, a couple [of] T-shirts and some hats.”
The store has since grown to almost 30 different types of T-shirts and hats and several other products. Among those is a meme-turned card that many people view as racist.
The card shows President Trump sitting in the Oval Office with the words, “First time in history that a billionaire moves into public housing vacated by a black family.”
Media Matters researcher Bobby Lewis flagged the racist card on Twitter shortly after it aired.
A Fox & Friends segment about a store full of Trump kitsch ends with a racist joke about Trump succeeding Obama: “First time in history that a billionaire moves into public housing vacated by a black family.” pic.twitter.com/R5Xkax3gHq
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 19, 2018
During the segment, the camera panned through the shop, showing off “Adorable Deplorable” merchandise and bedazzled hats. Then, the camera focused on the cart, which was propped up next to a “Make America Great Again” hat.
Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earnhardt commented when the camera cut back to the studio, “We should have shopped there and gotten a card for [co-host Steve Doocy] because today’s his birthday and said ‘make your birthday great again.'”
Friday’s segment isn’t the first time the morning show was criticized for racist comments. In June, host Brian Kilmeade made the following comment during a segment on President Trump’s family separation policy, “Like it or not, these aren’t our kids.” He added, “Show them compassion, but it’s not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas.”
Fox News has not yet released a statement about the racist card. However, Trumped Store co-owner Steven Slaton emailed ThinkProgress on Friday. He claimed that the racist anti-Obama meme was simply a “funny Birthday Card.”
“[F]or your information Its not racist!!!! We bring in fun things to laugh at. If you or someone takes it as Racist, sorry we can’t help them,” Slaton said.
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