Obama Insanely Compares Trump to Dictators in 60 Minutes Interview
Former community organizer Barack Obama appeared on 60 Minutes last night to remind us just how lucky we were to have had him mostly refrain from public life the past four years.
Speaking of the Trump administration, he said “I think that there has been this sense over the last several years that literally anything goes and is justified in order to get power.”
“And that’s not unique to the United States,” Obama continued. He then tried to compare the Trump administration’s legal battles to the actions of dictators. “There are strong men and dictators around the world who think that ‘I can do anything to stay in power. I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists.’ But that’s not who we’re supposed to be.” Who knew there were so many dictators around the world filing legal motions and then accepting the results when the ruling doesn’t go their way?
“And one of the signals I think that Joe Biden needs to send to the world is that ‘No, those values that we preached, and we believed in, and subscribed in — we still believe,'” the former community organizer added.
This marks the second time Obama compared Trump to a dictator this month. Before the election Obama called Trump a “two-bit dictator” who “lies every single day.” So within two weeks we’ve “learned” from Obama that contesting suspicious election irregularities is dictatorial, and also that people get the choice to vote for dictators. Who knew?
It’s ironic that Obama also made reference to Trump’s criticism of the press – because all his criticism has been limited to just that, criticism. When it comes to Obama, his actions come far closer to the sort of “suppression” he described dictators taking part in.
The month before Trump took office, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen (not James Rosen) wrote in the New York Times that “If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist, he will have one man to thank for bequeathing him such expansive power: Barack Obama.” Risen would know – as he fought efforts from the Department of Justice under both Obama and George W. Bush to compel him to identify sources from a 2006 book of his.
In 2012 Fox News’ James Rosen (not James Risen) was labeled a “criminal co-conspirator” under the Espionage Act because he used a State Department contractor as a source for a story. At least five of Rosen’s phone lines were seized, and the FBI obtained a warrant to search his emails. The phone records of Rosen’s parents were also seized.
Obama’s self-described “most transparent” administration in history was objectively the least transparent. According to a report published during Obama’s last year in office, the administration set a record for rejections of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The Obama administration either censored materials or rejected requests outright for access in a record 596,095 cases (77% of the time). In just his last year in office alone, the Obama administration spent $36.2 million in legal fees fighting FOIA related lawsuits.
If President Trump truly were dictatorial, he would’ve instead done something like have the FBI launch a secretive counterintelligence operation into the Biden campaign, that involved spying on various members of his campaign, and would continue in the event of a Biden victory as a “special counsel.”