GORKA: ‘His whole eight-year presidency was an embarrassment…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Former President Barack Obama, his hair now almost entirely gray, is back in the spotlight, having returned to what he does best – campaigning.
But according to USA Today, Republicans are only too happy to point to what they see as his many failures in office, especially his hypocrisy when it comes to polarizing rhetoric.
“His whole eight-year presidency was an embarrassment when it comes to everything from the economy to national security,” said Sebastian Gorka, former adviser to President Trump.
The former president claimed in a stump speech that Trump’s presidency was a product of forces that “keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical.”
But conservatives say that it’s Obama who is responsible for today’s partisan divide.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was quick to assault Obama’s “nonpartisan” image, claiming on Twitter that the former president called opponents of same-sex marriage “bigots,” called pro-lifers part of a “war on women,” and called the Republican Party the enemies of Hispanics and also racists.
And, of course, there’s Obama’s infamous comment from the 2008 presidential campaign, when during the primaries a populist groundswell proved a boon to the fortunes of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton: “[I]t’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro also joined the fray, claiming that Obama “stoked racial hatred and divisiveness,” citing the White House’s actions after the police shooting of Michael Brown, which led to violence in the suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.
Conservatives have long claimed that Obama is a divisive figure, and liberals have guffawed in response.
But there’s at least some support for the conservative claim.
A Gallup poll from 2016 found that 54% of Americans thought Obama’s presidency had a negative impact on race relations.
Just 29% thought it had been positive.
For more, read the article from USA Today here.