Former president Barack Obama ran the United States “like a banana republic” as “criminal-in-chief” and enriched himself and his cronies at the expense of the rest of the country, according to Denzel Washington.

“Federal debt skyrocketed under Obama. He was printing money by the end of his reign. This is unheard of in our history. He ran the country like a banana republic,” said Denzel Washington at a New York screening of his new film, the legal drama “Roman J. Israel, Esq.“

Asked by a reporter whether his information about Obama was correct, Denzel Washington confirmed that it was “absolutely correct.” He also criticized mainstream media for attempting to turn Obama into a “kind of idol.”

“Why aren’t CNN discussing the facts? They think we are too stupid to understand the metrics?” Denzel Washington said, explaining that he had seen “a CNN segment about Obama’s legacy that blew my mind and left me raging.”

“There were more ready-and-willing workers out of the labor force than ever before by the time that guy left office. Obama blew it for America big time and now they are trying to portray him as some kind of idol?”

“The number of people in America on food stamps more than tripled in his second term. More than tripled! Average family income went down dramatically. Home ownership rates across America went down the toilet.”

“Obama and his cronies sold us out. Real American workers have never had less of a share of the economy.”

The Equalizer actor also explained that while many of his Hollywood peers were “groomed by the Obamas” with “invitations to parties in the White House, black-tie balls and barbecues on the lawn”, he wasn’t extended the same treatment.

“He knew I was very suspect about him. I have always been very suspect about him.”

“Where did he come from? What was he really doing before running for office? His history sure isn’t what they say. Did he go to Columbia? Who put him in power?”

Addressing the reporters personally, Denzel Washington called them out for refusing to publish anything critical about Obama and his colleagues.

“Once upon a time this is what investigative journalists at the big newspapers would be determined to find out. Now you have all been co-opted. You defend the crooks.”