Former President Barack Obama couldn’t go two weeks without criticizing newly-elected President Donald Trump in what may just be the beginning of a trend for Obama.
On Tuesday, Obama made a statement through his former spokesman, Kevin Lewis, that was intended for protesters but contained negative innuendos about President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily restricting all people from seven nations known to harbor terrorists.
In the statement, Lewis said:
“President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.”
Obama obviously disagrees with the recent order and, although it isn’t a ban based on religion as the Democrats seem to want to believe, Obama’s “spokesman” said in the Jan. 30 statement: “The former president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
The left-leaning news outlet Politico has reported that former President Obama may initiate a “more forceful challenge” against President Trump in the following months but is being careful not to act too quickly because it could weaken the effectiveness of any future messages he may be trying to convey.
Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat told Politico, “I wouldn’t be opposed if he spoke out. I just don’t know [to] what effect it would be.”
Former President George W. Bush, as well as his father, made it a point never to criticize the president after he left office, a practice followed by many ex-presidents.
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