Most people, or even most politicians, probably wouldn’t consider a celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa who led the dismantling of the Apartheid regime, as an appropriate venue for partisan political attacks.
But as his supporters rarely miss an opportunity to remind us, former President Barack Obama isn’t most politicians.
Obama participated in a discussion at the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC on Saturday in celebration of Mandela’s birthday.
But during the audience Q&A he couldn’t resist taking a jab at President Trump.
“If you don’t know what you stand for and what your values are and what you believe, then you also don’t know what can be compromised and what can’t be compromised…what’s situational and what’s temporary. I change my mind all the time based on facts and evidence…the challenge we have in politics, and in every country, is when people start conforming facts to their opinions and biases instead of trying to shape their opinions based on the facts. If you’re starting off based on facts, then we can have a discussion we can have an argument.”
The implication here is clear: Obama is using the same rhetoric that Democrats employed when they denounced the border crisis as a made-up emergency. We all know how that turned out.
Of course, this dig comes just days after former Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein slammed the Obama administration for not revealing “the full story” about Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election before the November vote, which sounds to us like an obvious example of manipulating ‘the facts’ to conform to your opinions (or, in this case, your hoped-for electoral outcome).
“Some critical decisions about that Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to Russia’s broader strategy to undermine America,” Rosenstein said during the Armenian Bar Association’s Public Servants Dinner in New York.
Regardless, we imagine Democrats will praise Obama’s willingness to ‘speak out’ against his successor as another example of his bravery and leadership, just as CNN implied in a clip about the remarks below.
Maybe somebody should tell them that the facts don’t care about their feelings.