“Trump is for a lot of white people what O. J.’s acquittal was to a lot of Black folks — you know it’s wrong, but it feels good.”
—Barack Obama, quoted in “After the Fall,” a new book by former Obama aide Ben Rhodes
James Traub, who reviews Obama acolyte Rhodes’ book for the New York Times Book Review, calls the quote “funny” and an example of the ex-President’s “almost unearthly equanimity.” I guess that’s one way of describing it. I tend to think the quote is more evidence that Obama is a bigoted asshole.
Despite being labelled a racist by the “resistance”/Democrat/ mainstream media alliance for his entire four years in office, Donald Trump has never had any quote attributed to him as clearly racist as this one. Nor, despite being a undisputed narcissist, has Trump revealed the level of narcissism necessary to equate rejection of his policies or leadership with allowing a double murderer to escape punishment, which is what Obama literally was saying.
While Americans embraced (or rejected) Donald Trump for a wide range of reasons, the claim that they knew it was “wrong” could only issue from a sanctimonious ideologue like Obama, who set the nation firmly on the destructive path of regarding those who disagree with one’s favored world view as evil. It was certainly not “wrong” in 2016 to engage in an equal and opposite reaction against Obama’s cynical, weak, smug, divisive and incompetent Presidency, or to reject the corruption and hypocrisy represented by Hillary Clinton, her rigged journey to the nomination, or the offensive assertion that not voting for her was self-evidently sexist, just as not hailing Barack Obama’s every move was “racist.”
It was not obviously “wrong” to reject the Leftist elite’s push to encourage illegal immigration, or speech suppression, political correctness enforcement, the disarming of private citizens, racial spoils, indoctrination in the schools, the elimination of due process for male students accused of sexual misconduct (since all female accusers must be believed) and U.S. submission to international authority.
Donald Trump, for better or worse, happened to be the candidate whom fate placed in the right place at the right time for Americans to express their legitimate anger and disagreement with the direction of the country, no less so than was Obama himself, a preternaturally lucky candidate with less relevant leadership experience than all but a couple of his predecessors, who was able to parlay a bipartisan economic disaster and a botched war into a classic example of voters deciding, “And now for something completely different!” Other twitches of that human reflex have resulted in such grab-bag choices as Jackson, Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter. Results, obviously, have varied.
Claiming that supporting Donald Trump indicates support for his many ugly and unpresidential character traits is deliberately misleading, but that’s Barack. What propagandists like to call “Trumpism” is no cult of personality, but rather a personal statement that, like Donald Trump, an individual (and not just white individuals) believes in the vision and the courage of the Founders, the good that the American flag symbolizes, the spirit expressed by the National Anthem, American exceptionalism, individual rights and responsibilities, and a national history that has, on balance, not only made the world a better place, but a much better place.
Not only does believing in those things indeed “feel good,” but doing so is definitely not “wrong,” though the radical anti-American domestic movement Obama launched among progressives would have us think so. Obama is wrong.
And that’s the nicest thing I can say about his quote.