The Obamas have spent the past few years preaching about taking the high road, pushing their famous motto “when they go low, we go high.” On Monday night, however, Barack Obama appears to have tossed this motto out the window and crossed the line with an unprecedented personal attack on President Donald Trump.
Daily Mail reported that while appearing at the Obama Foundation summit in Chicago, Obama took the opportunity to slam Trump’s America as he argued that the world “badly needs remaking.” Though he did not mention Trump by name, it was clear to everyone who he was complaining about when he lamented that we are not focusing on issues like climate change and education. Obama went so far as to say that “the reason we don’t do it is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues.”
Attacking Trump’s relationship with his mother Mary MacLeod Trump, who passed away in 2000, is a new low for Obama. President Trump has often praised his mother, giving her credit for “so much of what I’ve done and so much of what I’ve become.”
Over the past few months, Obama has been traveling the world to blast Trump every chance he gets. This is truly an unprecedented move for a former president in this country as longstanding tradition dictates that former presidents do not speak out against their successors. Former presidents have virtually always stuck to this even when they did not agree with their successors politically. Former President George W. Bush certainly did not agree with Obama’s politics when he took office, yet he kept his mouth shut rather than speak out against him.
Obama’s obsession with publicly attacking Trump proves once and for all that he has no intention of trying to unify our country. Instead, he wants to divide us even further in the hopes that he can bring down Trump and put into power someone who can further his own agenda. Our country needs unity now more than ever, so it’s time for Obama to do the right thing and put his country first for the first time in his life.