In his strongest statement against the president yet, Obama called on Americans to “clearly and unequivocally” reject language from leaders that “feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.” Hint, hint.
Though he’s been largely silent on the day-to-day dumpster fire that is Donald Trump’s presidency, Barack Obama has begun to take increasingly direct jabs at his successor over his racist demagoguery. Late last month, Obama endorsed an op-ed by his former staffers condemning Trump’s comments that nonwhite lawmakers should “go back” to the “corrupt” countries they came from. Now, in the wake of deadly shootings in El Paso and Ohio, Obama has offered one of his strongest rebukes yet, calling on Americans to “clearly and unequivocally” reject language from leaders that “feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.”
“Such language isn’t new—it’s been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history, here in America and around the world,” Obama said. “It has no place in our politics and our public life.”
Just before killing 22 people at an El Paso Wal-Mart Saturday, gunman Patrick Crusius published a manifesto describing what he called an immigrant “invasion” of America. The president attempted to distance himself from Crusius’ language Monday, condemning white supremacy in a teleprompter speech and paying lip service to national unity, but Obama’s statement took things a step further. “All of us have to send a clarion call and behave with the values of tolerance and diversity that should be the hallmark of our democracy,” he said, pointedly.