Obama Warns That Trump's Actions Threaten Us Democracy - Cnnpolitics

Obama Warns That Trump's Actions Threaten Us Democracy - Cnnpolitics

Obama warns that Trump's actions threaten US democracy

Obama warns that Trump's actions threaten US democracy | Analysis by @StCollinson

7/31/2020 10:40:00 AM

Obama warns that Trump's actions threaten US democracy | Analysis by StCollinson

In one of the most jolting moments in modern political history, former President Barack Obama reclaimed his political pulpit with a stark warning that his successor is a grave and imminent threat to American democracy and racial justice.

Then, even more remarkably, President Donald Trump went on television and proved him right, putting a foreboding shadow over an election that he is already seeking to cast as illegitimate in the eyes of millions of Americans.The campaign between Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has mostly chugged along out of sight, obscured by a pandemic that has killed more than 150,000 Americans.But the extraordinary interventions Thursday of two presidents, whose legacies will be forever entwined, suddenly underscored how this election, in the words of the quadrennial cliché, will actually be the most important one of our lifetimes.Thursday brought a tableau of one president, liberated now that he is out of office, at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis, weaving the life of a national hero into a parable of America's long struggle to reach its promise. The current commander in chief, mired in crisis and desperate to cling to power, reached not for inspiration but for lies and disinformation to obscure the truth.Read MoreObama's eulogy was not just his most public intervention in the 2020 campaign or his most passionate denunciation yet of a successor whose highest priority is eradicating Obama's achievements at home and abroad.The speech, from the church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, also represented Obama's most raw, explicit and unrestrained unburdening about race on a prominent public stage of his entire political career. In his 2008 campaign, he powerfully spoke about racial prejudice while seeking to heal national wounds -- and save his campaign when pressed about his association with the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright. And he shared an intimate part of his own experiences and spiritual self in explaining to the country why Black Americans were upset at the acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin and in breaking into"Amazing Grace" while eulogizing parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church hit by a mass shooting in 2015.But Obama's speech for Lewis was urgent and in the tones of an activist, not a healer or the optimist who once declared there is"not a Black America" nor a"White America."It brought into the open a clash between the nation's first Black president and the one who has made his name with a racist"birther" campaign against Obama and who is running for reelection wrapped in the Confederate flag and defending monuments to Civil War generals who fought to preserve slavery.Obama also offered the most prominent accounting so far of the racial awakening following the death of George Floyd with a policeman's knee on his neck at a time when Trump is trying to incite a White backlash to the protests by painting the US as in the grip of a wave of leftist"fascism" and"terrorists."While Obama's speech offered liberals the kind of inspiration they have lacked since he left office, his reappearance could also serve to embolden voters who saw in Trump a vehicle for their backlash against Obama's presidency. There are already complaints on conservative Twitter that Obama hijacked the funeral to mount a divisive political speech -- an ironic view considering Lewis' life story.Meanwhile, Trump did not travel to honor Lewis, a man who he once decried as"talk, talk, talk, -- no action." But two other ex-presidents chose their side of history -- Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton also spoke at the service.The tweet that echoed 'round the worldTrump floats delaying election despite lack of authority to do so The day began with Trump floating the idea of delaying the election and recycling the lie that mail-in voting is prone to massive fraud -- in a tweet that almost everyone who has followed his presidency had expected.Obama, in eulogizing Lewis, a civil rights hero who was beaten to the edge of death while securing voting rights for African Americans, then placed Trump directly in the lineage of old Deep South bigots, a stunningly explicit move that branded Trump's race-baiting campaign a direct threat to the republic."Bull Connor may be gone. But today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans," Obama said, in remarks that belied the caution on race he had mostly observed while in office and identified synergy between the civil rights era and the Black Lives Matter movement."George Wallace may be gone. But we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators," Obama said, in a clear reference to Trump's"law and order" alarmism."We may no longer have to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar in order to cast a ballot. But even as we sit here, there are those in power that are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting -- by closing polling locations, and targeting minorities and students with restrictive ID laws, and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that is going to be dependent on mailed-in ballots so people don't get sick."In what may turn out to be the most politically significant line of his eulogy for Democrats, Obama called for Senate revisions to end partisan gerrymandering and to make sure that everybody's vote finally counts."And if all this takes eliminating the filibuster -- another Jim Crow relic -- in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that's what we should do."'The ballots are all missing'Republicans openly challenge Trump's tweet on delaying election Less than three hours later, Trump walked into the White House briefing room and again decried mail-in ballots. He also reversed himself and told reporters he didn't want to delay the election."But I don't want to have to wait three months to find out the ballots are all missing," he said."Smart people know it," Trump said."Stupid people may not know it. Some people don't want to talk about it."The President's earlier tweet was decried by many Republican lawmakers who understand that Congress, not the President, sets election days.The tweet was a clear attempt to limit attention to appalling new data Thursday that showed a stunning 32.9% annualized contraction in the economy in the second quarter amid coronavirus shutdowns -- the worst slump in history.But that does not mean that the President's comments on alleged fraud were any less pernicious. There is no credible evidence that mail-in voting is rife with corruption. But his team is already readying a sheaf of legal challenges that critics say are meant to cancel out millions of votes in an election that, according to the polls, the President is currently losing badly.That he should choose to escalate his claims to yet another on the morning of the funeral of the Georgia Democrat who dedicated his life to expanding the franchise was richly ironic.The President's intention is not hard to gauge. He has been trying to create a face-saving option for himself should he lose in his effort for a second term. But his tactics risk causing deep and lasting damage to the American political system. Trust in elections is the essential foundation of any democracy. An election that he lost but that is viewed as illegitimate by his followers could also energize the conservative base and ruin a new president's hopes of restoring national unity and a successful administration.Still, it is also possible that Trump's rhetoric on Thursday -- which again underscored the authoritarian impulses evident throughout his time in power -- could further drive away more moderate unaffiliated voters.'We do not walk alone''use strict';CNN.Videx=CNN.Videx || {};CNN.Videx.mobile={};CNN.INJECTOR.executeFeature('video').then(function () {CNN.VideoPlayer.handleUnmutePlayer=function handleUnmutePlayer(containerId, dataObj) {'use strict';var playerInstance,playerPropertyObj,rememberTime,unmuteCTA,unmuteIdSelector='unmute_' + containerId,isPlayerMute;dataObj=dataObj || {};if (CNN.VideoPlayer.getLibraryName(containerId)==='fave') {playerInstance=FAVE.player.getInstance(containerId) || null;} else {playerInstance=containerId && 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StCollinson Obama completely politicizes (as always) a funeral being the comm. org'zer he is with fraudulent comparisons between feds protecting fed. bldgs in Portland with civil rights marches 50 years ago, used the IRS to intimidate opposing pol org.s, and he talks of threats to democracy? StCollinson The only person who destroyed America is BarackObama, the communist.

As he calls for ending the filibuster...at a funeral. Nice StCollinson Is that why he took convert actions? They must not count! StCollinson Americans threaten democracy... StCollinson Obama spied on Trump campaign and orchestrated a seditious coup through the FBI and Mueller. Arrest him StCollinson He ain’t even black

StCollinson Trump threats all that is good with this country StCollinson Says the guy who used the FBI and Intel agencies to spy on a rival campaign. Hypocrisy much? StCollinson Obama is an ass. StCollinson Like Obama using the FBI to spy on Trump's campaign 😬🤷 I call that threatening the constitutional REPUBLIC! OBAMA WAS THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT EVER!!!

StCollinson Obama’s/Biden attempted coup against Trump threatens US Republic ,no other president has ever committed such a treasonous crime against the American people StCollinson How can we take this person serious StCollinson And? It does. Trumps actions in the last six months alone prove it. StCollinson But giving Iran $150 BILlION or spying on Americans isn't? Your a fraud Obama.

StCollinson Obama's FBI ignored Epstein victims. StCollinson Headline should be Obama shits on JL funeral turns it into a circus, StCollinson Terrifying when no one notices how both Party's D &Rep throw dirt at each other with the help from the news like fox, cnn or others. How will you solve Unemployment, housing shortages, or business interests and all kinds of Problems?

StCollinson Terrifying when no one notices how both Party's D &Rep throw dirt at each other with the help from the news like fox, cnn or others. How will you solve Unemployment, housing shortages, or business interests and all kinds of Problems? Left or right is not the solution. StCollinson OBO NEEDS TO WATCH WHO HE HANGS WITH

StCollinson Yes because Obama is so concerned about democracy StCollinson Trump is not just a freaky dementia head on legs. He is a serious threat to Democracy. His supporters must therefore be assumed to be the Anarchists, if they support a autocratic wannabe dictator... StCollinson America is Still waiting for CNNs reporting on Obama's treason threatening US democracy

StCollinson StCollinson His tweet you mean? A tweet... StCollinson Russia! Russia! Russia! SpyGate StCollinson StCollinson How about an article telling Obama to go duck himself StCollinson StCollinson President Trump’s tax bill undid the ObamaCare individual mandate, which President Trump called “the most unpopular thing in Obamacare” and “very, very unfair.” Why should the American people be forced to purchase something they don’t want? President Trump understands this.

StCollinson How abt obama spying of political rival. In 2016OBAMAGATEGATE StCollinson Not Obummer again!🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯😴😴😴🐑🐑🐑🐑 WorstPresidentInHistory StCollinson He should know...he is the greatest threat to democracy since he waged war on a political opponent during and AFTER his term. StCollinson Says the man who spied on all of us using the NSA. Used the FBI AND DOJ TO GO AFTER A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT. USED THE IRS TO GO AFTER POLITICAL OPPONENTS.

StCollinson StCollinson Every time Obama says anything bad about Trump, Trump gains more supporters. StCollinson Barry said that? Shit... Guess I'm riden with biden StCollinson Flying Reindeer, i believe Charlie is looking now.. I'm looking to buy a Sleigh.. If it's rusted, i'll paint it.. StCollinson Or so CNN says, can't trust CNN, but if true, spoken like a true socialist, always accusing others of what they themselves do. A real threat to democracy would be conspiring against a president democratically elected by the people; isn't that treason? Forcing upon us his ideology

StCollinson Давайте разберёмся с начала что такое демократия и почему он не угражает другим демократиям. Можит у Обамы своя какая-то демократия? StCollinson Nobody cares what Obama thinks 🤣 StCollinson Sounds like he is worried about himself....tik tok BarackObama StCollinson King Trump ? Queen Melania ? Princess Ivanka ? Prince Jared ? Americans don't kneel !

StCollinson it's not surprising that the gets bitter, they cling to mask or hand sanitizers or antipathy toward white people who are more successful than them or anti-police sentiment or anti-American sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. StCollinson We are a republic. You would think an ex president would know the difference.

StCollinson yeah... especially because this lowlife halfbreed was spying on the Trump Camoaign.. Hey Liberals? Lets here a cheer for John Durham!!!! awww come on now..... You know its coming... StCollinson POTUS talks about stupid and smart people. He has by now understood that he by making stupid moves and calls, is going to lose the election. If not, how stupid can an American President be?

StCollinson Oh Obama, I’ll be able to tell my grandkids that America used to be a first world country that every other nation looked up to. Then the racists and money hungry Americans put an orange monster in charge and just like that, they where a joke. StCollinson Democracy...I haven’t heard that name in years

StCollinson Remember when Obama praised the BLM organisation and backed them 1000% .BLM doesn't give a shit about black lives and neither did Obama StCollinson Obama 👏🏻 StCollinson Trump will be re-elected.

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