Former Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum said President Barack Obama “divided” the country by siding against police when people of color have been shot by law enforcement.

Santorum responded to a discussion about how the U.S. transitioned from the Obama presidency to Donald Trump’s in regards to racial tensions across the country. Speaking on a CNN panel on Sunday’s “State of the Union” program, host Karine Jean-Pierre quoted a new book by former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes, The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House. In the book, Rhodes describes how Obama reflected on his presidency through the lens of Trump’s victory. “[M]aybe we pushed too far. Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe. Sometimes I wonder whether I was ten or 20 years too early,” Obama said, according to Rhodes’ account.

Santorum, a brief 2012 and 2016 candidate for president, said that the move from electing the country’s first black president to seeing neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville overlooks Obama’s role as a racial divider.

“What is being ignored here is…