Trump Slams Obama for Trying to Sabotage Transition
President-elect rips outgoing administration for partisan slights and rushed policy actions
President-Elect Donald Trump blasted President Obama Wednesday for effectively trying to sabotage his transition into the White House.
“Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition — NOT!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.
“Thought it was going to be a smooth transition — NOT!”
While liberals and anti-Trump conservatives might be quick to dismiss Trump’s tweet as evidence of the president-elect’s supposedly thin skin, it now seems undeniable that Obama is indeed taking every opportunity to subtly subvert the transition process.
"I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it," Obama said in an already infamous interview with his former chief campaign strategist David Axelrod, aired Monday.
Obama's comment may on the surface appear to be just another indicator of his ego, but it has deeper implications. Obama effectively claimed that despite winning the presidency, Trump does not have a mandate to be president.
Rather than face his and his party's own shortcomings, Obama effectively said that Trump hoodwinked voters into the White House. "The issue was less that Democrats have somehow abandoned the white working class, I think that's nonsense," Obama said. Of course, the very results of the election itself suggest that the white working class feels otherwise.
Obama criticized "this division that's been put out there between white working class versus black working class or Latino working class," as if it were a product of Trump's campaign and not the result of Obama's own words and actions.
While his interview with Axelrod was the latest attempt to subvert Trump's transition, Obama and his administration have been doing all they can to destabilize the transition for weeks now.
In mid-December, Obama press secretary Josh Earnest accused Trump of encouraging Russia's efforts to interfere in the election — for four days in a row. "There's ample evidence that was known long before the election and in most cases long before October about the Trump campaign and Russia — everything from the Republican nominee himself calling on Russia to hack his opponent," Earnest said to reporters — despite the fact Trump never issued such a call.
"It might be an indication that he was obviously aware and concluded, based on whatever facts or sources he had available to him, that Russia was involved and their involvement was having a negative impact on his opponent's campaign," he continued.
Obama effectively repeated the claim during his final 2016 press conference on Dec. 16. "My hope is that the president-elect is going to similarly be concerned with making sure we don't have potential foreign influence in our election process," he said.
And while Obama and his press secretary were busy inferring that Trump is a traitor to his own country, his wife was making unprecedented and wholly inappropriate comments about the incoming administration. "What do you give your kids if you can't give them hope?" she said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "What do we do if we don't have hope, Oprah?"
Obama's presidency has been marked by inappropriate comments, disgraceful behavior, and dishonesty. It is hardly any wonder that Obama's promise of a "smooth and efficient" transition turned out to be a complete lie.