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New York Times Deletes Tweet After Getting Slammed for Ridiculous False Equivalency Between Trump and Obama on Race

The backlash was swift and biting.

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The New York Times posted a tweet to promote a new story comparing the different ways the presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump as they relate to racism in the United States — and the paper quickly regretted it. 

In the since-deleted tweet, the Times wrote: "Obama offered balm. Trump drops verbal bombs. But both were accused, in a polarized country, of making racial tensions worse."

The blowback was immediate, and the tweet, which linked to this article, was quickly removed. Twitter slammed the paper's egregious false equivalency in the tweet.

"Go home you are drunk," was Twitter user Southpaw's response. Others parodied the tweet's equivocation between those who call out Trump's blatant racism and the racists who attacked the country's first black president for making "racial tensions" worse.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.