According to Politico, President Barack Obama slammed Donald Trump in a campaign speech this week on both his taxes and how he talks about women. The president also hit Trump’s Capitol Hill Republican supporters, saying that those who ditched Trump after this past weekend did so far too late, and that those who back him are putting politics in front of principle.
The stump speech was pretty good, if Politico’s reporting is any indication. But it highlights just how far Obama is willing to whitewash history to get Hillary Clinton elected.
First, Obama was right on about Republicans who are expressing shock at what was released this past weekend. Trump’s a boor, we all know it, yet they pretended like his decade-old comments were a surprise. As Obama noted:
“I mean, we saw this coming. He’s been saying really bad stuff for a while now,” Obama said. “What did you think? He was just gonna transform himself? I mean, I’m 55. It’s hard for me to change. I know at 70 it’s gonna be harder.”
However, that’s pretty much the only good point the President made. He also criticized Trump for legally not paying taxes, saying “that means you are not a responsible citizen.” This makes for good rhetoric, but it falls flat in light of how two former Obama White House officials — Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — broke tax laws before being brought into the Obama administration.
Trump backers were also criticized for simultaneously bashing their nominee while standing with him. I guess Obama doesn’t want Bernie Sanders supporting Hillary, then. And speaking of criticism, it’s nakedly partisan to see the President bashing Trump for sex comments while ignoring the Clinton practices and policies that are a) illegal, b) corrupt, and c) endanger national security.
Finally, Obama reiterated that while Mitt Romney was wrong on politics, he was a good person possessed certain qualities that Obama says are absent from Trump. This is a rewriting of history, as former Romney staffer Andrew Clark has pointed out.