Barack Obama Shares Op-Ed That Criticizes Trump

Cheryl Sanders
July 28, 2019

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on December 16, 2016.

The piece was signed by 149 former members of the Obama administration, all African-Americans, who criticized Trump and his supporters telling progressive Democratic congresswomen to "go back" where they came from.

"I've always been proud of what this team accomplished during my administration", Obama wrote above the article.

The op-ed was published on Friday and written by Clarence J. Fluker, C. Kinder, Jesse Moore, and Khalilah M. Harris. Obama on Saturday said he was "proud" of his African American former staffers after 148 of them co-signed an op-ed in the Washington Post this weekend condemning Trump's recent attacks on four minority congresswomen.

Witnessing racism surge in our country, both during and after Obama's service and ours, has been a shattering reality, to say the least. On Saturday, Trump unleashed a new assault against Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings - chairman of the House Oversight Committee and frequent critic of the President - tweeting that his Baltimore district is a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess".

"His Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more unsafe". No human being would want to live there. How much is stolen? They want to go fishing. They didn't do subpoenas all day long.

"We stand with congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, as well as all those now under attack by President Trump", the op-ed reads. "They are part of a pattern in our country created to denigrate us as well as keep us separate and afraid".

Although the president didn't name his targets in the tweet, he was widely condemned for reinforcing a common racist and xenophobic trope used against people of color. "You have a racist mind in your head, and a racist heart in your chest". The next day, Trump reversed his position, saying they are "incredible people. those are incredible patriots".

Trump said that Chinese officials-and Iran-likely want to wait to see if he wins reelection or they can deal with a Democrat president while championing the "tens of billions of dollars" that America has received through tarriffs.

The op-ed's co-signers wrote that such comments are only "jet-fuel for our activism", which would continue for a better future.

"We like to look up to our president, and feel as though he reflects the values of our country", she said at the time.

Congressional Republicans waged more than a dozen House and Senate investigations of the Obama administration, including probes of the extremist attack on USA diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya; the IRS targeting; the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" gun-running operation and the Solyndra solar energy subsidies. "This is our home".

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