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Donald Trump has a thing about Barack Obama. Trump is obsessed with Obama. Obama haunts Trump’s dreams. One of Trump’s primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it possible — not only from the political landscape but also from the history books.

Trump is president because of Obama, or more precisely, because of his hostility to Obama. Trump came onto the political scene by attacking Obama.

Trump has questioned not only Obama’s birthplace but also his academic and literary pedigree. He was head cheerleader of the racial “birther” lie and also cast doubt on whether Obama attended the schools he attended or even whether he wrote his acclaimed books.

Trump has lied often about Obama: saying his inauguration crowd size exceeded Obama’s, saying that Obama tapped his phones and, just this week, saying that Obama colluded with the Russians.

It’s like a 71-year-old male version of Jan from what I would call the Bratty Bunch: Obama, Obama, Obama.

Trump wants to be Obama — held in high esteem. But, alas, Trump is Trump, and that is now and has always been trashy. Trump accrued financial wealth, but he never accrued cultural capital, at least not among the people from whom he most wanted it.

Therefore, Trump is constantly whining about not being sufficiently applauded, commended, thanked, liked. His emotional injury is measured in his mind against Obama. How could Obama have been so celebrated while he is so reviled?

The whole world seemed to love Obama — and by extension, held America in high regard — but the world loathes Trump. A Pew Research Center report issued this week found:

“Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22 percent has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64 percent expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.”

Obama was a phenomenon. He was elegant and cerebral. He was devoid of personal scandal and drenched in personal erudition. He was a walking, talking rebuttal to white supremacy and the myths of black pathology and inferiority. He was the personification of the possible — a possible future in which legacy power and advantages are redistributed more broadly to all with the gift of talent and the discipline to excel.

It is not a stretch here to link people’s feelings about Obama to their feelings about his blackness. Trump himself has more than once linked the two.

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Clearly, not only was Obama’s blackness in the front of Trump’s mind, but Trump also appears to subscribe to the racist theory that success or failure of a member of a racial group redounds to all in that group. This is a burden under which most minorities in this country labor.

Trump’s racial ideas were apparently a selling point among his supporters. Recent research has dispensed with the myth of “economic anxiety” and shone a light instead on the central importance race played in Trump’s march to the White House. 

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For Trump, even plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act aren’t so much about creating better policy as they are about dismantling Obama’s legacy. The problem with Obamacare isn’t that it hasn’t borne fruit, but rather that it bears Obama’s name.

For Trump, the mark of being a successful president is the degree to which he can expunge Obama’s presidency.

Trump is a traitor. Republicans will knowingly help this blatant traitor until it becomes a burden on their re-elections.

Imagine, Republicans will never denounce Trump, they will just distance themselves and never admit their years of enabling.

The party that endlessly harassed Obama over a birth certificate, will now turn a blind eye to Trump’s Russian treason.

Trump claims “no politician in history has been treated worse”

So I decided to dispute this claim for him in a list form. I even just stuck to presidents, though he left it open to “all politicians.” Here are some examples of criticism our former presidents received:

  • President George Washington: had to borrow money to attend his own inauguration; Jefferson repeatedly accused him of treason especially regarding the Jay Treaty
  • President John Adams: entire reputation scourged by a scathing 72-page letter written by Alexander Hamilton (a member of his own party) about how horrible he was
  • President Thomas Jefferson: election called the “greatest misfortune our nation has ever experienced” by Martha Washington; also historically despised by many of his colleagues
  • President James Madison: was frequently made fun of for being small/frail/weak (5'4", about 100 pounds, very sickly); the wife of a Virginia politician once labeled him “the most unsociable creature in existence"
  • President James Monroe: was nicknamed “The Last Cocked Hat” due to his outdated revolutionary-era fashion sense he still kept later in life; also…he acquired Florida
  • President John Quincy Adams: constantly plagued by calls of illegitimacy for his term because of the backroom deal he made with the House to be elected over Jackson
  • President Andrew Jackson: basically almost caused mutiny of Southern states over a tariff; was chastised for his nepotism and also nicknamed “King Andrew” for his selfish/monarch-like tendencies as president (also committed genocide but I’m not counting that in here because he was actually LAUDED for it)
  • President Martin Van Buren: nicknamed “Little Magician,” “Sly Fox,” and “Red Fox of Kinderhook” for his shitty political skills, small stature, and red hair; Charles Ogle called him “Martin Van Ruin” on the floor of the House of Representatives
  • President William Henry Harrison: gave an ill-advised address in the freezing cold rain & was literally president for 30 days 12 hours and 30 minutes before he died of pneumonia, after which the nation quickly forgot about him
  • President John Tyler: nicknamed “His Accidency” after inheriting the presidency from Harrison
  • President James K Polk: so obscure that one of his rivals coined the slogan “Who is James K. Polk?” during his campaign; highly criticized for his war with Mexico
  • President Zachary Taylor: though only president for 16 months, often remembered as one of the worst presidents in history; as a total outsider he completely demolished the Whig party after his victory
  • President Millard Fillmore: entire cabinet unanimously resigned after disagreeing with him over a free vs. slave state issue
  • President Franklin Pierce: was abhorrently despised for his hand in the Kansas-Nebraska Act and failed to be re-nominated for a second term
  • President James Buchanan: pre-civil war, became so hated during his presidency part of his cabinet resigned; said to Lincoln upon leaving, “If you are as happy entering the presidency as I am leaving it, then you are a very happy man.” Also has evidently been ranked among 3 worst presidents in every poll and survey conducted since 1948
  • President Abraham Lincoln: shot & killed
  • President Andrew Johnson: literally faced impeachment over his failure to work with Congress; during his trial he blamed his troubles on “a mendacious press” that continually criticized him
  • President Ulysses S Grant: no political experience entering office; was loyal to people close to him and as a result failed to remove ineffective people; presidency riddled with scandals and corruption, though none involved him directly it caused him to be remembered as guilty by association
  • President Rutherford B Hayes: official inauguration secretly held inside the White House for fear of the trouble his opponents might stir up
  • President James A Garfield: shot & killed
  • President Chester A Arthur: plagued by a negative reputation of cronyism garnered in his early political career
  • President Grover Cleveland: sexually abused a widow (which he threw into an asylum) and fathered an illegitimate child (which he threw into an orphanage); was criticized with chants such as “Ma, Ma, where’s my pa?”
  • President William McKinley: shot & killed; also had a poor reputation due to his relationship with Republican party leader Mark Hanna who was seen as manipulating McKinley
  • President Theodore Roosevelt: shot & lived; also seen as egotistical and somewhat of a bully, greatly expanding executive powers
  • President William Howard Taft: Ballinger-Pinchot controversy gained so much bad press it led to the split of the Republican party
  • President Woodrow Wilson: aside from massive criticism over his handling of WWI, also garnered criticism for an investigation launched during his presidency over claims of homosexual interactions between naval personal and civilians
  • President Warren G Harding: Teapot. Dome. Scandal.
  • President Calvin Coolidge: actually criticized for saying too LITTLE
  • President Herbert Hoover: severely criticized for his handling of the Great Depression; also ordered Army to break up protesting veterans & his harsh methods got him a lot of public dissent
  • President Franklin D Roosevelt: faced allegations from Republican leaders in Congress who said he left his dog in the Aleutian Islands after a family trip & sent a Navy destroyer to rescue said dog at the taxpayers expense
  • President Harry S Truman: involved in a scandal when an investigation into the IRS lead to the firing of 166 IRS employees; stained with allegations of corruption in the aftermath
  • President Dwight D Eisenhower: many in his administration under investigation as to how many of their “gifts” and personal purchases were allegedly funded by taxpayer money
  • President John F Kennedy: shot & killed; also had a lot of alleged affairs
  • President Lyndon B Johnson: Pentagon Papers indicated he systematically lied to the American people about American involvement and actions in the Southeast Asian region
  • President Richard Nixon: …do I really have to say anything about this one?
  • President Gerald Ford: pardoned Nixon & hated for it
  • President Jimmy Carter: shit ton of criticism for Iranian Hostage Crisis
  • President Ronald Reagan: shot & lived; Iran-Contra affair; AIDS crisis…yet somehow remembered as America’s sweetheart
  • President George HW Bush: secretary of treasury arrested and sentenced to prison for tax evasion and obstruction of justice
  • President Bill Clinton: almost impeached over Monica Lewinsky
  • President George Bush: a journalist literally threw shoes at him
  • President Barack Obama: birth certificate fiasco, “THANKS A LOT, OBAMA”

Note that this is an insanely brief overview of criticisms, but the point is IT’S PART OF THE DAMN JOB, DON. NOW GET THE FUCK OVER IT BECAUSE NO ONE IS ATTENDING YOUR PITY PARTY.

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@terminalpolitics made a stupid post in the “Hillary Clinton” tag ;(

My response:

I blame the 10 million 3rd party voters. Trump only won the swing states by 80,000. There was more than enough of those 10 million 3rd party voters in the swing states to make the difference. We warned you. But you became Nader all over again. Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it!!

Also – Bernie lost the popular vote in the primaries because he sucked with minority voters. Had nothing to do with the DNC.

If Bernie couldn’t even win the primary, he wasn’t going to win the general election. Bernie was treated with kid gloves during the primaries. The GOP was propping him up to hurt Hillary [divide your enemy is politics 101] and Hillary didn’t want to alienate his supporters.

But had Bernie made it to the general, the right-wing machine that went after Hillary for her e-mails/Benghazi and Obama for his birth certificate, would have most certainly destroyed Jewish Socialist Bernie Sanders that wanted to raise taxes on everyone to pay for free college. Middle America never would have supported that, either. But keep playing Monday night quarterback.

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#ALSen: GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has said he doesn't believe Obama is a natural-born citizen
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for US Senate, has cast doubt on former President Barack Obama's citizenship repeatedly and as recently as December 2016, fueling the debunked "birther" movement that sought to delegitimize Obama's presidency.
By Andrew Kaczynski and Paul LeBlanc, CNN

Andrew Kaczynski and Paul LeBlanc at CNN’s KFile:

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for US Senate, has cast doubt on former President Barack Obama’s citizenship repeatedly and as recently as December 2016, fueling the debunked “birther” movement that sought to delegitimize Obama’s presidency.

Moore, who started questioning the legitimacy of Obama’s citizenship back in 2008, last year told a meeting of the Constitution Party that he personally did not believe Obama was a natural-born citizen.

“My opinion is, there is a big question about that,” Moore said when asked how he defines natural-born citizen as it relates to qualifications for president. CNN’s KFile reviewed video from the event.

“My personal belief is that he wasn’t, but that’s probably over and done in a few days, unless we get something else to come along,” he added.

Moore’s comments came three months after then-Republican nominee Donald Trump conceded that Obama was born in the US after pushing the racially charged birther conspiracy for years. 

Trump endorsed Moore’s opponent Sen. Luther Stranger during the Republican primary and congratulated both candidates on proceeding to the runoff.

It also seems clear that Trump has a weird problem with admitting error. Confronted with his past statements about climate and debt, Trump just pretended he never said them. Confronted with his lack of past statements opposing the invasion of Iraq, he concocted a bizarre story about having opposed the war in secret phone conversations with the conservative pundit Sean Hannity. He admitted no error in the Obama birth certificate imbroglio and closed the debate pursuing a years-old feud with comedian Rosie O’Donnell rather than apologizing for past intemperate language about women.
Yeah.
—  Responding in the affirmative to moderator Lester Holt’s assertion that even though Barack Obama produced a birth certificate in 2011, Donald Trump continued pressing the birther issue in “2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, as recent as this January,” GOP presidential candidate and racist DONALD TRUMP
“Just listen to what you’ve just heard.”

Oh my god.

I don’t like Hillary. 

But holy shit.

That was funny. 

Donald rambled for like two minutes about how Obama didn’t SEEM like an American citizen and he was justified because he made Obama “produce” his birth certificate. 

You know.

It was “justified” because…he “proved”…that the lie that he made up…was actually not true. 

and the moderator was like, what’s your response and she’s like

“Just….listen to what you’ve just heard.”

Moderator: “Do you believe Trump was motivated by racism [for the Obama birth certificate conspiracy]?”

Bernie Sanders: “I don’t want to- I’m not a psychoanalyst. And boy would a psychoanalyst have an interesting time with Donald Trump. But this is what I will say, and Trump is clearly not the only person involved in this. There was an effort to try to delegitimize the President. Look, you could disagree with Obama all you want, but to say that the President of the United States, who won an election fair and square, was not a legitimate President, really undermines what we are as a nation. […] I’m not gonna speak to trump, but do I think that at least some parts of that Republican base, there is race involved in that, absolutely. Absolutely.”

Me: Yes, but just SAY it was racism. I bet you’d do better among people of color if you just SAID it was racism, outright. Because we all know that’s the truth. It’s frustrating for me, even as a white person, that we don’t call out racism more explicitly, especially when it comes from the elite. 

BIRTHERISM: IT'S NOT GOING AWAY

Leo Berman, a TX Republican in the state legislature, has made a crusade of the “birther” issue.  Yep, he’s a redwhiteandblue American who just knows in his heart that our first black president cannot possibly be legitimate.

Well, yesterday, in what must surely be one of the lowest, saddest moments in U.S. political history, the President of the United States felt it necessary to release a long form birth certificate to prove he is actually an American citizen. 

The news media headlines all said that Obama “put the issue to bed” by producing the document.

Right.

So is Patriot Berman satisfied?  Of course not!  Now he wants to know why the Hawaiian hospital where Obama was born hasn’t put a plaque on the wall commemorating the historic event.

Memo to clueless news media: facts don’t drive the birthers and facts won’t assuage them.  This is racism, paranoia, xenophobia and hate.  Their issue never was about a piece of paper, and they aren’t going away.

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Obama making jokes.

‘tis incredibly classy…but more importantly, awesome. 

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“Asking the important questions like; what happened to Tupac? And where is Biggie?”

Barack Obama= authentic lad since 1961