Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, President Barack Obama derided candidate Donald Trump on numerous occasions for using “divisive” language aimed at his political opponents.
The former president chided the hopeful candidate for calling him the “founder of ISIS.” He told Trump to “stop whining” about the election being rigged. When Trump continued to rail against Clinton, calling her “Crooked Hillary,” Obama complained that the heated rhetoric was divisive.
Since Clinton’s resounding defeat, however, Obama has perfected the same tactics for which he endlessly scolded Trump — even going so far as to call the man a racist with mommy issues while speaking at his foundation in Chicago.
But, hey, that’s Obama’s superpower!
“The reason we don’t do it is that we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues,” Obama replied when asked why the issues facing the nation — like climate change — haven’t been addressed.
He went on to take a second jab at the current president when asked about people preferring to live in America over other places, suggesting that the country was a much better place before Trump was sworn into office. “You’d choose now – or maybe two years ago,” Obama said snidely, with the crowd snickering as he basked in complimenting himself.
When They Go Low, We Go Lower
Perhaps aware that he can’t attack Trump on the booming economy, roaring markets, millions of new jobs created, and ISIS largely defeated, Obama has become obsessed with insulting him personally.
While campaigning in Florida, the former president told a crowd they had to vote because it was the most important election in American history and that staying home was “dangerous.” He suggested that not voting for Democrats could be the end of the world — because Trump is ruining everything.
A few days before that, he accused Trump of “blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying” about the migrant caravan marching toward the United States-Mexico border. It’s quite remarkable to see one U.S. president flat-out call another a liar and then have the audacity to lecture others on civility.
But, hey, that’s Obama’s superpower!
In September, Obama called his successor “radical” and a “demagogue” during a speech in which he referred to himself 79 times in under an hour. He went on to suggest that “bigots” and “fearmongers” are attempting to exploit politics, another not-so-subtle dig at the Donald.
Before that, Obama said Trump has “spent 70 years on this earth showing no regard for working people,” a disgusting remark aimed at portraying the president as a greedy billionaire who doesn’t care about average Americans.
Barack Obama, simply put, is arrogant. For decades, it has been an unwritten rule that former presidents should remain quiet and not make public criticisms during their successor’s term. It was the equivalent of, “I’ve had my turn. Now it’s yours,” yet this one can’t make it through a single speech without going on about how much better he is than Trump.
It is, ironically enough, arguably the most divisive president in American history who endlessly complains about Trump’s “rhetoric” and the impact it has had on the nation. Obama’s too good to act as if he has any grace at all and is so insecure that Trump might go down as a better president that he’s doing the media’s bidding and attacking every chance he gets.
It takes an impressive amount of arrogance to utter the things the former president has said about Trump, and it speaks volumes about his character. In many ways, Obama seems a lost soul who can’t cope with the fact that the new guy is accomplishing many of the things he only dreamed of.