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Republicans Are Losing Their Minds Over Obama Criticism Of Trump And Are Trying To Create a Fake Scandal

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Former President Barack Obama’s criticism of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response and other actions appears to be driving Donald Trump and his Republican allies nuts.

Despite Trump’s constant attacks, Obama largely kept silent on political affairs after leaving office in 2017. But he drew the ire of nervous Republicans after weighing in on the pandemic and Flynn — two high-profile subjects.

Obama characterized the Trump administration’s efforts as an “absolute chaotic disaster” and warned that the rule of law “is at risk” after William Barr ordered all charges against Mike Flynn to be dropped.

Obama’s remarks came during a private call with approximately 3,000 members of the Obama Alumni Association late last week.

Trump responded by lashing out at his predecessor, tweeting an all-caps word: “OBAMAGATE.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted Obama’s comments on the coronavirus outbreak “classless.”

“I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut. You know, we know he doesn’t like much this administration is doing. That’s understandable. But I think it’s a little bit classless frankly to critique an administration that comes after you,” McConnell said.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) added that “I don’t think he [Obama] has much to say because there wasn’t much put in place.”

Republicans have argued that the Obama administration didn’t do enough to prepare for a pandemic, even though the Trump administration disbanded the National Security Council’s Global Health Security and Biodefense unit.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the No. 2 Senate Republican in the Senate also weighed, arguing that “it is in the best interest of the country” if you don’t have critiques from a previous administration.

“I would rather that they keep their comments to themselves,” he said, according to The Hill.

Obama’s remarks on the Justice Department’s decision to drop the charges against Flynn have some Republicans trying to manufacture a fake scandal by questioning the former president’s level of involvement in the FBI investigation.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that while Obama thought the rule of law was at risk, “contrary to what President Obama believes or the media might say, I believe the opposite is true.”

The Justice Department announced last week that it was dropping its case against Flynn, saying it believed the FBI investigation had been conducted improperly.

Grassley also said that questions about the Flynn prosecution should be put directly to Obama, adding that “it’s time we asked: What did Obama and Biden know? And when did they know it?”

“It’s pretty clear that Obama had his fingers in this. … And the Flynn problems were part of an effort that — the Democrats actually thought that they could cut short this presidency by probably three and a half years,” he said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added during a conference call with reporters that he believed there was “great deal of evidence” that Obama was “intimately” involved.

“I think the evidence that we have now does point to the president being directly involved in the Flynn case,” he asserted, according to The Hill.

Senate Democrats have defended Obama’s remarks, noting that he has been sparse about when he weighs in on Trump’s actions.

“I think former President Obama has been carefully guarded in his remarks, but I couldn’t agree with him more. We have a chaotic situation in the White House,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), considered a potential vice presidential pick, told MSNBC that she was “glad” Obama weighed in.

“You always imagine the different world it would have been if Barack Obama was president right now, because he is someone that understood that service is about sacrifice and looking out for the people of this country instead of yourself,” she said, The Hill reports.

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Trump Spent Memorial Day Tweeting About Golf, Comparing Himself To Obama And Threatening a Democratic Governor

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President Donald Trump spent most of the Memorial Day on Twitter defending himself from charges that he was golfing as the U.S. neared the horrific 100,000 coronavirus death milestone.

Trump, who frequently attacked then-president Barack Obama for golfing, has spent more than $130 million in taxpayers’ money on golfing trips. And he couldn’t take the heat after the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden released an ad pointing out his golfing trip as the COVID-19 death toll mounts.

On Sunday, he responded to the ad, comparing himself (favorably, of course) to Obama:

On Monday, Memorial Day, he jumped on Twitter again, this time blaming the “truly deranged” media for supposedly elevating the story. “[Obama] also played moments after the brutal killing by ISIS of a wonderful young man,” Trump said. “Totally inappropriate – and it was me who shattered 100% of the ISIS Caliphate. I was left a MESS!”

Trump also threatened to pull the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, citing North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s “shutdown mood” and noncommitment to saying whether or not a convention for tens of thousands of people in the state’s largest city will be able to take place in August.

Aside from defending his hobbies, Trump’s Memorial Day weekend of tweeting included retweeting several posts by a former congressional candidate with a history of making racist and sexist remarks about black women.

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