It seems that the former president has started speaking out against his successor, Donald Trump.
According to Politico, Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis issued a statement Monday saying that the former president was pleased about the demonstrations that went on at airports and in communities across the nation against President Trump’s temporary immigration restrictions on travel from seven countries tied to terrorism.
Lewis said Obama “is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.” That “level of engagement” includes a Trump supporter being attacked by a protester at the airport in Portland, Oregon; the Trump supporter lay unconscious as other protesters shouted over his body.
Lewis continued, saying, “With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the president fundamentally disagrees wit the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
Lewis forgot that Obama did the same thing in 2013, ABC News reported that Obama’s State Department had suspended Iraqi refugee entry for six months in 2011 after several al-Qaida operatives were found to have entered the United States under a refugee program.
In November of 2016, Barack Obama said that when it came to speaking out against his successor, “I want to be respectful of the office and give the president-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance.”
But it seems that Obama couldn’t even give his successor two weeks.