There he goes again–the divider-in-chief is in typical form

One of the blessings embedded in the nightmare that we call the 2016 presidential election is at some point soon, Mr. Obama will no longer directly control the reins of political power.  His presidency has been a dismal failure in terms of economic growth, foreign policy, dealing with the burgeoning entitlement state, and of course, his assault on mainstream social values.  But nowhere has he failed more than his inflaming–not helping–race relations, and indeed, social relations more broadly.  Rather than rehashing why I think that (happy to debate in the comments below), let’s get right to it.

First up, we should not accept that this is just “in the heat of the campaign” and they all do it.  This past week Mr. Obama has had two major attacks on Trump and potential Republican supporters:  You are a bunch of racists and sexists.  Why have we never had a female president?  And why aren’t more people supporting Mrs. Clinton?

Speaking specifically to “the guys out there,” Obama told them to “look inside yourself and ask yourself, if you’re having problems with this stuff how much of it is that we’re just not used to it?”  He noted, “When a guy is ambitious and out in the public arena and working hard, well that’s okay, but when a woman suddenly does it, suddenly you’re all like, ‘Well, why’s she doing that? I’m just being honest.”

Maybe he truly doesn’t get it, but then that’s even worse.  Why can he not accept the reality that most American’s don’t like Hillary–not because she’s a woman, but because she has a 30+ year track record of lying to us?  And that’s most people–including many females and democrats.  And for us conservatives, why can’t he give us the dignity of taking the reasonable face value argument that we have huge policy differences with her?  I don’t have any problems with her sex, I have problems with her vision for our country.   Why must he call me a sexist?

Then to not be undone, Mr. Obama is whipping the African-American vote.  Democrats know that there is little enthusiasm for Mrs. Clinton, especially among African-Americans (certainly relative to their enthusiasm for Mr. Obama).  So Mr. Obama pulls out the ultimate race card late in the week and calls Mr. Trump (and implicitly all his Republican supporters) a KKK fan.

“If you accept the support of Klan sympathizers — the Klan — and hesitate when asked about that support, then you’ll tolerate that support when you’re in office,” Obama told an audience at Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Wednesday.

It’s a reasonable criticism of Mr. Trump to say he’s clueless about the problems in the African-American community, and that his policies would harm them, etc.  But this is over the top–way over the top–when racial tensions are so high.  To cause further strife for pure political opportunism, well that’s not very hopeful and its certainly not the change we need.

I would have disagreed with Mr. Obama on most of his agenda, after all, he had the most liberal voting record of any president ever coming in, but I was hopeful that his election could help further lead to racial reconciliation in the country.  Alas, that has not happened, and Mr. Obama shares much of the blame.

27 thoughts on “There he goes again–the divider-in-chief is in typical form”

  1. Maybe you somehow don’t understand the context of Obama’s comments. The KKK thing was not a slam on Republicans. He wasn’t being flippant. He was saying “David Duke a literal member of the KKK announced support for Donald Trump and Donald Trump refused to condemn David Duke or in any way deny that he wanted that support” if I remember right Trump has never personally said anything against Duke. Although his son has said that Duke deserves a bullet to the head and called Duke deplorable. Pence also refused to call Duke deplorable. Hillary referred to Duke and similar supporters as a basket of deplorables.

    Yes there are plenty of people that don’t want Hillary because she’s a woman. Yes there are plenty of people that want Hillary because she’s a woman.

    1. Okay for a little more clarity. Trump’s refusal to disavow Duke only lasted about a week. Apparently after that he did come out and say he disavows Duke.

    2. @ anonymous
      There are about a million things I would have had Mr. Trump do or say differently. My question for you. Do you have any fear that Mr. Trump is secretly aligned with the KKK and that he’ll have policy proposals deliberately designed to harm African-Americans? 2nd question. Do you think it helpful for race relations for him to be calling the Republican party’s nominee beholden to the KKK? Final question, do you deny that his primary motivation in this statement in North Carolina is to whip the African-American vote?

      1. Dr. Haymond – I’m confused. Do you not think it is significant that white supremacists and white nationalists – individually and institutionally – have come out to endorse Trump and encouraged like-minded people to do the same?

      2. Jonathan–
        I most assuredly do not find it disturbing. With 100+M people voting OF COURSE you are going to have all sorts of crack pots voting for both candidates. And sad groups such as the KKK are going to try to make a name for themselves by endorsing someone. Neither Mr. Trump nor Mrs. Clinton can control what crackpots do and what they say. My questions to anonymous above are the only ones that I consider relevant.

        Really. Who cares what skinheads and KKK people think? Despite fears of the left I consider them a very small fraction of society–we can and should ignore these people.

      3. Yes I have every reason to believe that Trump will do harm to the black community, he has already shown that to be true. Yes I think calling out racism or support of racist organizations is beneficial to racial relations. No I don’t deny that Obama’s main motive was to whip up the black vote for Hillary.

        Though you ignored my original point. You accused Obama of calling Republicans KKK fans. Obama didn’t even say Trump is a fan of the KKK what he said is Trump hesitated when asked about his support from the KKK. Which you seem to acknowledge that you knew the event Obama was referring to.

        Let me ask you this. You call Obama the divider in chief. Do you think his successor will be less divisive? And as you answer that I’d like you to think about both primary party candidates (I do see a path to victory for Evan but it’s slim and I don’t think anyone really knows him well enough right now)

      4. i’d just like to point out that there are some KKK chapters that have also endorsed Hillary Clinton, but do we here about the low-lifes and degenerates that have endorsed her? No, or at least not to the level of Trump.

        And if I recall, Trump’s initial response to David Duke was something akin to “so what?”. He NEVER at any time viewed that endorsement as something good and has been subsequently been very clear that wants nothing to do with the KKK. He NEVER accepted KKK support. Obama just plain lied about it.

        I might point out that Trump also has received some endorsements from the anti-white Black Panthers. Where is the media outrage demanding Trump disavow that racist group?

      5. Anonymous pretty much punctured the bubble that was your argument. Your response is inadequate.

        If you are not aware that Trump’s most ambitious fanatics are racists, including the KKK, then you have not been paying attention. And you should be learning more instead of posting.

      6. Were you addressing Dr. Haymond or me?

        I am confident in saying that both of us are certainly aware that there are racist fanatics supporting Trump. Your comment (“If you are not aware that Trump’s most ambitious fanatics are racists, including the KKK, then you have not been paying attention. And you should be learning more instead of posting.”) is based on unfounded assumptions.

        And might I respectfully suggest that you let Anonymous decide for himself whether Haymond’s response to him is adequate or not (disagreeing with it does not make it inadequate) and then see if Dr. Haymond has further comments that might satisfy him. I mean this with all due respect, but sometimes it seems as if you have appointed yourself this blog’s “unofficial grader”.

      7. Nathan, I already said that dr. Haymond side stepped the main thrust of my comments. So yes Jeff is right that his response is inadequate.

      8. I appreciate your candor. I understand why you think the answer was inadequate. Hopefully Dr. Haymond will address it more directly himself.

        I would like to point out though that you made the comment: “what he said is Trump hesitated when asked about his support from the KKK.” Actually, Obama’s words, as quoted above, were “If you accept the support of Klan sympathizers — the Klan — and hesitate when asked about that support, then you’ll tolerate that support when you’re in office,” Trump never accepted Klan support. Obama appears to say he did. I remember the incident when it happened and I remember seeing the video of the exchange with Trump. In my opinion, what Trump did was not hesitate. It looked to me as if he simply wanted to ignore it. To him I think it simply wasn’t worthy of making a issue of. His error was in not realizing that the media was not going to let it not be an issue. Since that time, he and his campaign have been clear and quick to denounce any and all endorsements or positive comments from the KKK or other such groups. If Donald Trump becomes President, I do not believe he will not be tolerant of the KKK in anyway whatsoever. We obviously disagree on that, but that is my opinion.

        So, respectfully, I would ask what type of answer are you looking for to be considered an adequate response?

  2. I completely agree with this article that while all the talk has been about Hilary and Trump we have not stopped and talked about president Obama much at all. The fact that he calls men who don’t support Hilary sexist is ridiculous because as the article said people are not voting her in because she’s a women. People are not voting her in because she’s a liar and don’t think she will be a good leader for out future.

    1. If it was because she was a liar or bad leader then they wouldn’t vote for Trump. People think she’s corrupt. I have talked to people who think that she would be a bad president because she’s a woman though.

  3. Obama has mentioned how scared of Trump he is, about how Trump stand s for everything that is opposite to what Obama has worked to build over the past 8 years. It seems Obama is doing whatever it takes to keep Trump out of office. In his mind, do the ends justify the means? Because that would seem to be the justification behind his actions. Not that that justifies him, but an interesting thought to ponder.

  4. I think Obama is trying to guilt people on the fence into voting for Ms. Clinton and insult everyone who had decided not to. Or even if that isn’t the intent, it just shows Obama clueless as how the world actually works. Most Americans don’t seem to have problems with women running for important positions. It clearly is her morals that are so unappealing.

  5. Thanks one of the better posts of late that actually calls Obama out for his diving in chief with his comments that you mentioned.

  6. Barack Obama is not a failure because he is African-American. He is a failure because of the liberal agenda he has tried, often successfully, to jam down the throat of the American people. In fact, I think it is BECAUSE he is African-American that many people who might otherwise not have voted Democrat (or maybe not bothered to vote) in 2008 or 2012 did so. In my opinion, the number of people who voted for him because of skin color was statistically more significant than those who voted against him because of skin color. I think the same is true of Hillary and the gender equation.

  7. I hate all the insulting that takes place in the political arena. It’s one thing to debate politics, but Obama should not be saying that Trump and his supporters are KKK fans. I wish that it could all just be left with politics and not have the petty insults involved anymore.

  8. Why do I get the feeling that the people who scream “Racist” the most are the ones that struggle with that issue the most? Most people go about their lives not thinking twice about “race”.

  9. Its crazy that Obama can make comments like that and not be called out for them. The double standard is very real.

  10. I think the irony is when people use this fact as just cause to give their vote to Trump. Let’s not forget that one side doesn’t balance out the other, it simply makes the issue worse. I also gave Obama a little bit of grace in this speech. He was trying to demonstrate the differences between Trump and Clinton while making it comprehensible to the below-average-intelligence American. This resulted in an unfortunate outcome, but I don’t believe the evidence is strong enough to hold this against the Clinton campaign. (Not saying that that is just cause to give your vote to Mrs. Clinton, just looking at things objectively.)

  11. I can’t ever remember a time when the President, of any party, has spent so much time demonizing the voter. Rather than saying, we have a better way, he just insults citizens by calling them evil. I don’t like Trump, but he also isn’t the one who but national security and lives at risk simply because he didn’t want to follow federal records keeping laws. Call me a sexist/bigot, but I would gladly trust our country to Condoleezza Rice over any of the current candidates.

  12. “Why can [Obama] not accept the reality that most American’s don’t like Hillary–not because she’s a woman, but because she has a 30+ year track record of lying to us?”
    Obama’s quote does not necessarily negate this. He says “ask yourself, IF you’re having problems with this stuff how much of it is that we’re just not used to it?” It’s a fact that some people won’t vote for Hillary because she is a woman, and those are the only people Obama is addressing. He never says this is the reason most Americans don’t liker her, and he did not call Republicans a bunch of sexists as you say. I think that conclusion is a tad excessive.
    Also, you say its “way over the top” for Obama to call out Trump on racism, for political opportunism when tensions are so high. But let’s remember Trump refused to disavow Duke for a week (a relatively racist decision) for political opportunism (to preserve KKK and other extremists votes) while tensions were very high. It seems Obama and Trump did similar things here, and if I had to choose which was better I would say the one who called out racism instead of the one who acted in a racist manner. Also, Obama is making a statement about Trump, not his supporters, and certainly not all Republicans in general. Saying Obama called Republicans “a bunch of racists” is pretty farfetched.

  13. Politics is all about negative campaigning these days. Lets put someone else down to raise ourselves up and try to win an election. I abhor that it has come to this and believe this isn’t the right objectives. Obama should have said that Trump and his supporters are KKK fans and I agree with Dr. Haymond that this was a bad move, especially because of the racial tensions in the air about the past 6 months with so many different cases involving race and shootings.

  14. Sad that after 8 years in office Obama did nothing to mediate the racial conflicts and actually perpetuated them.

  15. I do recall thinking to myself some time back about how racial tension in the United States have heightened so much even though history was made when Mr. Obama became the first non-white president. I definitely expected Mr. Obama to address the racial tension more than he has. I saw the video on Facebook where Mr. Obama tried to persuade the African-American community to vote for Mrs. Clinton and I did not approve of that. Although Mr. Obama has not done a great job as a president in my opinion, he deserves credit as a very good public speaker.

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