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'They whited out President Obama during Black History Month': GOP criticized over Presidents' Day meme

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The Republican National Committee posted a meme on Monday celebrating several past Republican presidents, while taking aim at Democratic President Joe Biden.

The meme included images of Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. Words spread throughout the meme said, "Happy Presidents' Day to Such Great U.S. Presidents." But in the center of the meme, a space with a photo of current President Joe Biden included text declaring, "Not You."

Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said that the GOP had "whited out" Barack Obama.

"If you want to know what Republicans 'anti-CRT education' looks like, here it is! They whited out President Obama during Black History Month," Christine Pelosi tweeted.

"Disappearing the first Black president while whitewashing Richard Nixon and disrespecting the man who served as the first Black president’s VP, who is now president. Notable as this party writes education mandates telling your kids’ teachers what they are allowed to teach…" MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid declared.

"They put Nixon there POSITIVELY, but not Biden. And, of course, the @GOP would like you to think that Barack Obama never existed at all," Elie Mystal of The Nation tweeted.

The Republican Party of Arizona had a different take, tweeting, "What's wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing."

But conservative Jenna Ellis tweeted, "The GOP really thought this tweet was a good idea." She included grimace and laugh emojis.

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