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In a deeply personal reflection about racial polarization, Obama steadfastly aligned himself with black men in America.

For all the black men in America who suffer racial indignities; for all the black men who have been called the N-word by racists; for all the black men who feel marginalized — and invisible — in this republic, Obama, the nation’s first black president, stood with them.

I was proud of the president.

D’Souza’s tweets, however, are part of a broader campaign by conservatives to criticize the president no matter how obnoxious or disrespectful.

A few weeks ago, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican from Texas, criticized Obama’s Affordable Care Act by linking Obama to Nigerian con men.

“You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately,” Cruz told a conservative audience. “They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website.”

This is what it’s come to in the halls of Congress: A black joke? And a black joke told in public?

But here’s the big picture: D’Souza and Cruz are desperate to fire up their right-wing base by any means necessary one year before congressional elections.

It’s unfortunate that even for a few weeks during a joyful season Republicans still need to show their disdain for President Obama.

For the GOP, hatred never takes a holiday.

(Photo: AP)

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