Someone should really check Donald Trump’s blood pressure, because he seems very, very stressed out.
In recent weeks, the president has embarked on a stream of furious rants as criticism of his response to the coronavirus pandemic has stepped up.
Last week saw a public press conference meltdown after Trump was asked about America’s death rate, ending with the president storming out.
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.
“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”.
Others unfavourably compared Trump’s tenure to his predecessor’s.
Quite notably, Obama was not impeached.
A recent story by The Guardian detailed 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”.
Trump has recently been pushing ‘Obamagate’, a conspiracy theory involving Obama and Russia that he refuses to explain in detail.
People in white houses shouldn’t throw stones…