And yesterday Trump replied angrily to a question about comments made by former President Barack Obama by calling him an “incompetent president”.
Speaking in the grounds of the White House, the president was asked what he thought of remarks Obama had made in a commencement address for graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), given this weekend.
Trump responds to Obama’s speech: "Look, he was an incompetent president, that's all I can say. Grossly incompeten… https://t.co/h1Hx24E6qf
“I didn’t hear it,” Trump said (as if), before furiously adding:
Look he was an incompetent president, that’s all I can say, grossly incompetent.
Although Obama did not name Trump, many have interpreted the criticism as directed at his successor.
“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy, that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately a lot of so-called grownups, including some with fancy titles, important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up,” Obama said during the address.
More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.
Trump’s attack has prompted many to accuse him in turn of “projection”.
Attorney Andrew Wortman called it “textbook”.
Trump calling @BarackObama a “grossly incompetent President” is the clearest case of textbook projection I’ve ever… https://t.co/IQ4aMr3hhZ
— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈)
Others unfavourably compared Trump’s tenure to his predecessor’s.
BREAKING: Man with 90,000 needless deaths and 36 million unemployed calls man he inherited a record economy from “g… https://t.co/ns3ZRscyGs
President Obama wasn't impeached, didn't collaborate w/a foreign power to win, didn't have 90K+ deaths from a pande… https://t.co/AaJml8ujMn
— Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊 (@Andrew Goss 👊USAF👊)
A recent story by The Guardiandetailed Trump’s “obsession" with Obama, which one Republican pundit described as stemming from jealousy and a “problem with people of colour who are in authority who don’t do the kind of song and dance he wants them to do”.