It was not Donald Trump who told supporters to take guns to knife fights.
It was not Donald Trump who told Hispanic voters that Republicans were their enemies.
It was not Donald Trump who encouraged people to report their neighbors for lying about him and his healthcare plan.
It was not Donald Trump who built an app to show you if your neighbor was a Republican.
It was not Donald Trump who derisively referred to some as clinging to their guns and religion.
That was all Barack Obama.
It was Barack Obama who divided the nation between us and them. It was Barack Obama who targeted Christians for ridicule and sought to punish nuns and Christian small businesses. It was Barack Obama who targeted Catholic charities. It was Barack Obama who used a strategy of “othering” and division to win the election. It was Barack Obama who tried to shame gun owners and target the Koch Foundation and the NRA.
The Obama Administration did this all with ruthlessness that included using the Internal Revenue Service to harass conservatives.
To the extent Donald Trump’s administration is doing anything divisive, they learned well from Barack Obama.
It is fully ridiculous to hear news analysts, reporters, and Democrats talk about Donald Trump using the politics of division to win.
That is exactly what Barack Obama did and do not forget it.