Racism, re­venge drive Trump on Obama

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

If you be­lieve some­one has done you an in­jus­tice and you want to get even, for some this brings on ex­ces­sive be­hav­ior il­lus­trated by at­tempts to tear down the ac­com­plish­ments of your ad­ver­sary, along with per­sonal at­tacks. If you add in the fact that your tar­get is an African-Amer­i­can, and you are a Cau­casian racist, this in­creases your de­sire for re­venge.

A per­fect ex­am­ple of the above are the re­lent­less at­tacks by Pres­i­dent Trump on any­thing and ev­ery­thing Pres­i­dent Obama ac­com­plished dur­ing his two terms as pres­i­dent. At the White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ Din­ner in 2016, Obama joked about Trump’s chances of be­com­ing a pres­i­dent and these com­ments stuck in [Trump’s] craw and won’t go away. With his enor­mous ego, his thin skin and his racist views, he could not tol­er­ate Obama’s put down.

Ever since Trump was elected pres­i­dent, he is do­ing his best to smear Pres­i­dent Obama’s legacy, hop­ing to stamp it out as if he never was pres­i­dent. For ex­am­ple, at­tack­ing Obama’s ac­tions to deal with cli­mate change, be­com­ing bud­dies with Pres­i­dent Putin, un­do­ing leg­is­la­tion that was en­acted to en­sure clean air and wa­ter, and also ad­vo­cat­ing the re­peal of laws passed to pro­tect in­vestors from un­eth­i­cal stock bro­kers. In ad­di­tion, Trump has is­sued nu­mer­ous ex­ec­u­tive or­ders at­tack­ing any­thing he can find with Obama’s name on it.

A par­tial list of his per­sonal at­tacks on Obama in­clude the fol­low­ing:

(1) From the very be­gin­ning, Trump was a leader in the so-called “birther move­ment,” al­leg­ing Obama was not born in the United States and there­fore not qual­i­fied to be the pres­i­dent, all of this de­spite a birth cer­tifi­cate ev­i­denc­ing that he was born in Hawaii.

(2) Al­leg­ing that Obama would go down in his­tory as the worst pres­i­dent of the United States. You would be hard pressed to find many who would sup­port this com­ment, other than Trump’s core sup­port­ers who con­tinue to see Trump as Je­sus-like.

(3) Crit­i­cized Obama for tak­ing time off to play golf dur­ing his pres­i­dency and the cost to the tax­pay­ers for the trips, say­ing that he would be a pres­i­dent who took no va­ca­tions, but then he takes nu­mer­ous trips to his Mar-a-Lago re­sort and other va­ca­tion spots, at a much greater cost to the coun­try.

(4) Say­ing that dur­ing Obama’s pres­i­dency the State Depart­ment was in dis­ar­ray, ap­par­ently for­get­ting what his looks like.

From the very be­gin­ning of his cam­paign, Trump has ze­roed in on re­peal­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act (Oba­macare) and has re­fused to even con­sider amend­ments to said act (which would prob­a­bly have been en­acted by now) be­cause he couldn’t stand the act still be­ing con­nected to Obama’s name.

Trump re­minds me of Capt. Ahab in the novel “Moby Dick,” where Ahab’s ob­ses­sion to kill a white whale blinded him of ex­ist­ing dan­gers re­sult­ing in the de­struc­tion of his ship and the death of him­self and all but one of his crew.

BASS TRUMBO

Fayet­teville

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