Obama Hits Trump In Midterm Speech
In a rare rebuke of the current sitting president, former President Barack Obama slammed current President Donald Trump as being “a symptom” of the current political climate in the United States.
Obama, in a speech at the University of Illinois at Ubana-Champaign, said that the level of discourse in the country has been fueled by politicians over years, rather than just being a recent anomaly.
Obama mentions Trump by name!
"He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years, a fear and anger that's rooted in our past but it's also born out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes." pic.twitter.com/fmoaPfCiHu
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 7, 2018
“He’s just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years,” Obama said. “A fear, and anger that’s rooted in our past, but it’s also born of the upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.”
It marks the first time the former president has called out Trump, by name, in a public appearance. In previous interviews and speeches, Obama has only issued veiled criticisms of his predecessor.
He added that now was the time for citizens to make the determination of what they stand for. Obama also discussed a recent op-ed published in The New York Times anonymously by someone who said they were a senior member of the Trump Administration. The piece said that there are people inside the White House actively working behind Trump’s back to resist actions that may be detrimental to the American public.
“And by the way the idea that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren’t following the President’s orders,” Obama said. “That is not a check. I am being serious here. That is not how our democracy is supposed to work.”
Related the op-ed, Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One Friday that he is “looking at” taking action against the author of the piece. He also suggested that the Department of Justice may be called in to investigate the situation, although it is unclear if any laws were actually broken by the writer.
“We’re going to take a look at what he had, what he gave, what he’s talking about also where he is right now,” Trump said, according to a report.
On Wednesday, after the op-ed was published, Trump tweeted that the Times should be compelled to reveal the source of the piece.
Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Thus far, several senior-level officials in the Trump Administration have denied writing the piece.
Matthew Clark is the Editor-In-Chief of theDailyLead.