Former President Barack Obama said Republicans are focused on Critical Race Theory because of a "changing America" and conservative publications are making money off of these fears in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"I also think that there are certain right-wing media venues, for example, that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a white population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes, and do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened and that people are trying to take advantage of them," Obama said.
"And we're seeing it right now, right, where you would think, with all the public policy debates that are taking place right now, that the Republican Party would be engaged in a significant debate about, how are we going to deal with the economy, and what are we going to do about climate change, and what are we going to do about -- lo and behold, the single most important issue to them currently right now is critical race theory," the former president said.
"Who knew that that was the threat to our republic?" Obama asked. "But those debates are powerful because they get at, what story do we tell about ourselves?"