On Tuesday, the Washington Times said that President Obama decried “vicious” rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates, presumably front-runner Donald Trump.
But it seems he forgot his own divisive and violent rhetoric when he encouraged supporters to “bring a gun” to a knife fight.
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“We have heard vulgar and divisive rhetoric aimed at women and minorities — at Americans who don’t look like ‘us,’ or pray like ‘us’ or vote like we do,” Obama said. “We’ve seen misguided attempts to shut down that speech, however offensive it may be. In response to those attempts, we’ve seen actual violence, and we’ve heard silence from too many of our leaders.”
He continued: “As a citizen who will still be leading this office, I will not support somebody who practices that kind of politics.”
Really? Is he now not going to support himself?
Here’s what Obama said while at a Philadelphia fundraiser during the 2008 campaign: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
He wasn’t finished: “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
Pot, meet kettle.
The Wall Street Journal reported at the time:
The comment drew some laughs and applause. But it also struck a chord with his Republican rival. John McCain’s campaign immediately accused the Democratic candidate of playing the politics of fear. They also mentioned that Obama said he would use a gun that would be illegal under Obama’s plans to cut down on illegal firearms.
“Barack Obama’s call for ‘new politics’ is officially over. In just 24 hours, Barack Obama attacked one of America’s pioneering women CEOs, rejected a series of joint bipartisan town halls, and said that if there’s a political knife fight, he’d bring a gun,” McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.
Now, Obama, who has clearly been the most divisive president in recent memory, is whining over what Republicans are saying.
Perhaps he should focus on the log in his own eye before he looks at the splinters in others…
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