Obama Posted One Word After Trump's Repeated Conspiracy Theories About Him
The post came after audio was released of Obama calling Trump’s pandemic response “an absolute chaotic disaster.”
During a pandemic that has killed nearly 86,000 Americans and devastated the economy, the President has continued to spend his time pushing conspiracy theories about his predecessor.
President Donald Trump this week has been repeatedly tweeting the term “Obamagate,” a reference to his unfounded claim that the Obama administration was behind the Russia investigation. He retweeted the word again on Thursday.
On Thursday, former President Barack Obama, who has recently endorsed his former VP Joe Biden for president, posted on three of his social media accounts a single word: “VOTE.” It appeared on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
On Monday, a Washington Post reporter asked Trump during a press conference to elaborate on a Mother’s Day tweetstorm, during which he accused President Obama of "the biggest political crime in American history, by far.” Trump responded “Uh, Obamagate. It’s been going on for a long time.”
The president did not provide any specific details, but his slew of tweets on Sunday came two days after audio was released of Obama responding to the Justice Department’s widely scrutinized recent decision to drop the criminal case against Michael Flynn. Flynn was Trump’s former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the Mueller investigation.
During the audio of the call, which was obtained by Yahoo News, Obama also said his successor’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has been "an absolute chaotic disaster."
New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote that Trump’s continued references to a fake scandal could be a desperate plea to deflect attention from the ongoing health and economic crisis, which has led to the highest levels of U.S. unemployment since the Great Depression. “As the evidence of his savage incompetence becomes harder to deny, the efforts to shore up that alternative reality will only become more desperate,” Goldberg wrote.
On Thursday, a whistleblower delivered a stark testimony before Congress about President Trump’s failure to prepare for the crisis, saying, “the window is closing to address this pandemic because we still do not have a standard, centralized, coordinated plan to take our nation through this response.”
Also on Thursday, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell walked back comments from earlier this week that the Obama administration left Trump unprepared to handle a pandemic. “I was wrong,” McConnell said in an evening interview on Fox News. “They did leave behind a plan. So, I clearly made a mistake in that regard.”
As of Friday, more than 1.4 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the U.S, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.