Barack Obama just did the one thing that will cost every Democrat in 2020
For nearly three years, Barack Obama sat and stewed over Donald Trump erasing his disastrous legacy.
But the former President finally sensed the time was right for him to get his revenge.
And it blew up in his face when Barack Obama did the one thing that will cost every Democrat in 2020.
Barack Obama used the terrible tragedies in El Paso and Dayton to divide Americans by attacking Donald Trump.
Although Obama never mentioned Trump by name, it was clear Obama was slamming the current President when, in a statement about the tragedies, Obama declared rhetoric like Trump’s was to blame for a racist killer murdering innocents in an El Paso Walmart.
While Obama did not cite President Trump’s rhetoric specifically, he called Americans to “soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.”
He also criticized rhetoric meant to “demonize those who don’t look like us” or suggest that immigrants were “sub-human” or threatened the American way of life.
Obama indicated that rhetoric, such as the kind Trump voiced, was the root of the worst moments in human history — citing Jim Crow laws, the Holocaust, Rwanda Genocide, and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.
“It has no place in our politics and our public life,” he wrote. “And it’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much — clearly and unequivocally.”
Democrats do not want the 2020 election to devolve into a Trump-against-Obama contest.
In 2014 and 2016 Obama explicitly stated his policies and legacy were on the ballot.
Democrats were routed in both elections.
Without Obama himself on the ballot to drive turnout, the Democrats cannot win an election where the contest is a referendum on the Obama agenda and legacy.