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Paging President Obama: Your party doesn’t have a leader.

An Op-Ed calls for Obama to condemn Trump’s Tweets. Can’t they find a more current leader?

I won’t wade into the debate surrounding President Trump’s Tweets this past weekend. That topic has been discussed ad nauseum by both sides and I don’t believe my personal belief on the matter will affect anyone else’s viewpoint. The longer this news cycle lasts, however, the more each side will become entrenched in their opinions.

After the weekend’s events, Karen Tumulty at the Washington Post posted an open letter to Barack Obama. And in this open letter, Ms. Tumulty pleaded for Obama to step back into the spotlight and lead us back to civility.

Her letter relies heavily on the Left’s belief that Barack Obama was the penultimate president for modern times, that he would unite the Left and Right.

According to Ms. Tumulty:

Donald Trump’s tweets over the weekend were the basest kind of bigotry, the oldest of racist tropes. And they were a reminder that in the eyes of some, who apparently include our current president, people of color will never be seen as fully American, regardless of how many generations their families have been part of this nation’s story or how much they achieve as individuals.

Now, for Obama to come out and condemn Trump’s Tweets, something he has been unwilling to do up until this point, would violate the unwritten rule that past presidents should not speak ill of sitting presidents. As we know, previous Democratic presidents such as Jimmy Carter have not been shy about taking shots. They know they will always have a platform in the media to criticize the person in the office.

Ms. Tumulty calls Obama a “respecter of norms” and that his silence is “unacceptable”. Of course, she also believes that Trump’s attacks on the freshmen Democrats will rally the party around them. I might have missed something but it sure doesn’t feel like that is the case when AOC is calling Nancy Pelosi a racist.

It will be telling on how loud the calls for Obama to speak come from the Left. I also find it interesting that they aren’t turning to any person currently in the primary. If one of the isn’t the leader Ms. Tumulty needs them to be, what does that tell you about the state of the Democrat party?

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