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?