While he claimed he would stay away from politics after he leaves the White House, former president Barack Obama clearly had no intention of retiring. Showing his true intentions, Obama recently started campaigning once again for a fellow Democrat running for governor, where he called on voters to reject a growing “politics of division.” He even implied that President Donald Trump had set American democracy “50 years back.” This was Obama’s first return to campaign trail since he left office back in January, but it wasn’t the last.
Since then, he encouraged rallies in New Jersey as well as in Virginia, where he tried to convince voters that they could send a powerful message about the types of politics that they want, by backing the Democrats in the upcoming elections. He once again explained,
“What we can’t have is the same old politics of division that we have seen so many times before, that dates back centuries.”
And while he didn’t directly mentioned the President or members of his administration directly, he did claim that the politics we are seeing now was made by “folks looking back 50 years. It’s the 21 century, not the 19th century.”
“We’ve got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry — to demonize people who have different ideas; to get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage,” Obama said, again without specifically naming the President.
It was obvious that most of Barack Obama’s comments were directed at Trump, whose harsh leadership style and inflammatory rhetoric have been sparking controversy and tensions, all of which received more flame and tension by the mainstream media.
Obama’s comments came this Thursday just several hours after the former President George W. Bush, a Republican himself, also made an indirect attack at the President.
Bush delivered a strong indictment of Trump’s populist nationalism, condemning trade protectionism and bemoaning how politics had fallen prey to “conspiracy theories” and “outright fabrication.” He also warned of the impact of “bullying and prejudice” in public life.
H/T U Republican