CNN host Kamau Bell calls Rick Santorum a 'white supremacist' for uttering the phrase 'We birthed a nation'

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CNN host Kamau Bell lashed out at Rick Santorum for uttering the phrase “We birthed a nation,” which Bell claimed was a shaded reference to a racist silent film from more than 100 years ago.

Santorum, who is a contributor at CNN, was defending the United States in a speech for Young America’s Foundation when he mentioned the apparently offensive phrase.

“If you think of other countries like Italy, Greece and China, and Turkey and places like that, they’ve all sort of changed over time, I mean, they’ve been there for millennia, in many cases, and their culture has sort of evolved over time,” said Santorum.

“But not us! We came here, and created a blank slate, we birthed a nation, from nothing,” he continued. “I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes we have Native Americans but candidly there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”

Bell claimed in a tweet with the video of Santorum’s comments that he was obliquely referring to “Birth of a Nation,” a racist motion picture from 1915 that derided blacks and portrayed the Ku Klux Klan in a heroic manner.

“.@RickSantorum -a white supremacist, white nationalist, racist, xenophobic sentient wet bag of garbage – sneaks in a mention to Birth of a Nation, a film where the KKK are’heroes’, & he yada yadas genocide of the Indigenous people of this land. & he’s a ‘reasonable Republican,'” tweeted Bell.

.@RickSantorum -a white supremacist, white nationalist, racist, xenophobic sentient wet bag of garbage – sneaks in… https://t.co/NWAquRcqNQ

— W. Kamau Bell (@W. Kamau Bell)1619458956.0

Bell went on in a second tweet to call on others on CNN to join his crusade against Santorum.

“Yep, we both work for @CNN. & that has never stopped me from calling him out. I look forward to all my CNN colleagues who regularly have him on doing the same. This is no ‘both sides’ to this. Mainstream media doesn’t have a Black version of this on air regularly. This is QKKK,” he tweeted.

Others criticized Santorum for downplaying the role