Former President Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail, ripping the man who replaced him and taking what many will consider a hypocritical shot at Republicans for using “the politics of division and resentment,” the very things he was accused of during the eight years he occupied the Oval Office.
Obama used his appearance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, to encourage young adults to vote. According to the Washington Times, Obama asserted that politicians cultivate “resentment and mistrust” to stay in power and “maintain the status quo.”
But those are the same complaints from conservatives about the nation under Obama and the far Left Democrats now leading their party.
Obama, according to the Washington Times, “took a jab” at Trump’s “emphasis on the economy” by telling his audience to “remember when that recovery started.”
However, according to CNBC, the Trump administration has “delivered” on his campaign promises to cut taxes and regulations. His efforts, CNBC reported, have produced “a surge in company profits and near-record levels of optimism from consumers and businesses.” To many, that was not the situation under Obama.
Trump has also delivered on a major promise to American gun owners. He has filled several federal court vacancies with conservative judges, named Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, and appears on the verge of filling another high court vacancy with Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are seen as solid on the Second Amendment.
Underscoring the discomfort now within the gun prohibition movement, anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety on Friday sent an email blast urging supporters to contact the U.S. Senate to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Their chief complaint is that “Judge Kavanaugh believes laws that prohibit assault weapons are unconstitutional, and he has the NRA’s full support because of his extreme judicial record.”
Other Second Amendment organizations also support Kavanaugh’s confirmation, including the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
To the gun prohibition lobby, anyone who suggests that some gun laws might go too far is an “extremist.”
During the Obama administration, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ field office in Phoenix ran Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed more than 2,000 guns to be illegally “walked” into the waiting hands of criminals in Mexico. That was just one of several scandals during Obama’s time in office.
There was the Solyndra scandal. His administration was caught spying on journalists. His attorney general, Eric Holder, was held in contempt of Congress. His State Department fabricated an explanation for the Benghazi disaster.
If Obama remains on the campaign trail, pushing for the election of Democrats to Congress, expect those issues to come back into focus.