Trump ridiculed, Obama praised for doing the same thing

Everything President Trump’s Been Accused of That Obama Did Without All the Media Hysteria

BY KYLE BECKER
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The national media have been spinning the actions of the Trump administration as a grave threat to security, violations of human rights, and even worse.

This is neither to argue for or against those beliefs, but merely to point out that the same media clamoring the alarms were remarkably restrained when it came to the same or highly similar actions undertaken by the previous, Obama administration.

While it is impossible to list “everything” the Trump administration has been accused of that the Obama White House also did (even the great librarian Eratosthenes of Alexandria would pale at compiling such a list), the following suffices as the predominant examples of hypocrisy, only one month into the Trump presidency:

1. Speaking Out Against Illegal Immigration

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While Trump has famously been opposed to illegal immigration, lesser known is that both former President Obama (and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton) spoke out against the practice.

“Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we’re also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous,” Obama said in a 2014 speech.

Incidentally, President Trump said that he is open to granting legal status for some illegal immigrants, although his proposal would stop short of full citizenship.

2. Deporting Illegal Immigrants

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The Trump administration’s deportation of criminal aliens has been decried by much of the press. One AP report even sounded the alarms that the president was even authorizing border patrol agents to round up 100,000 illegal immigrants and deport them, which proved to be false.

Former President Obama was responsible for more “deportations” than any other president in American history; Although Snopes rightfully points out that the definition of “deportation” may be misleading, because it doesn’t refer to the actual number of different immigrants deported out of the country.

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3. Restricting Immigration

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The Trump travel ban of immigrants and refugees from seven different Muslim-majority nations, recently revised to eliminate Iraq from the list, has drawn widespread media and activist condemnation. While the Obama administration never banned travel outright, it did slow the processing of immigrants from Iraq to a considerable extent after a threat to the Bowling Green, Kentucky, community in 2011.

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4. Having an Attorney General Who Refused to Resign

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The Trump administration has come under fire for Attorney General Jeff Sessions failing to disclose his two meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, though there is no evidence that the Trump campaign was discussed. There have been demands from top Democrats for Sessions to resign.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder arguably lied under oath about not signing an order that targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen — among other things. Even though there were calls for Holder to resign, he left office of his own volition.

5. Making Partisan and Divisive Statements

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While President Trump is notorious for having uttered many phrases in extremely poor taste, and exhibiting unpresidential decorum, there are blinders on about the former president’s own partisan and divisive rhetoric.

“We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick,” Obama said after a Gulf oil spill.

“No, no, no. Don’t boo. Vote,” Obama said before the 2012 election. “Voting is the best revenge.”

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he also said.

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama also said.

Presidential? You decide.

6. Singling out Opposition in Press

The Trump administration made waves for calling the “fake news” media the “enemy of the people.” He has even gone so far as to single out CNN as “very fake news” during a very animated press conference.

What is less remarked upon is President Obama’s verbal animosity for Fox News and conservative talk radio hosts, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

7. Barring Reporters from Press Access

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President Trump fanned the flames of controversy by barring several outlets from a press gaggle, including CNN, Buzzfeed, The Hill, BBC, Politico, and others. In 2008, however, President Obama kicked three reporters from newspapers that endorsed rival presidential candidate John McCain off his plane.

8. Overusing Executive Orders

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While there was initially a flurry of concern over President Trump’s use of executive orders shortly after entering office, the new president is roughly at the same pace as former president Obama. In fact, Obama used his “pen and phone” to sign more executive orders in his first twelve days than Trump.

Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley even testified before Congress that former President Obama’s abuse of executive power is “the very danger The Constitution was designed to avoid.” Those who question President Trump’s use of executive authority would do well to recall these warnings, which largely passed unnoticed in the mainstream press.

9. Picking Partisan Cabinet Nominees

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President Trump has taken flak for selecting partisan nominees, such as Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, and Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. The Washington Post has called this picks “radically unorthodox.”

Obama’s Cabinet nominees, on the other hand, did not cause nearly the commotion in the press as a whole. Eric Holder had a radical background that included stating at one point that Americans needed to be “brainwashed” into thinking differently about guns. He was also an activist at Columbia University and later refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for a clear case of voter intimidation in 2008.

Cass Sunstein, as the “regulatory czar” who became famous for his advocacy of “nudging” Americans into making restrictive choice, while maintaining the illusion of freedom; John Holdren, who nonchalantly discussed mass sterilization and “compulsory abortion” in a co-authored essay in Ecoscience; and “Safe Schools czar” Ken Jennings, who advocated for the discussion of extreme sexual practices in schools are but a few of Obama’s controversial Cabinet selections. Lest we forget.

10. Making Unproven Accusations

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While much of the press is in a tailspin questioning President Trump over his unfounded allegation that Obama “wiretapped” his Trump Tower campaign headquarters, it goes beyond the obvious irony that the same media is furiously attempting to establish ties between the Trump administration and Russia that intelligence officials say are simply not there.

The Obama administration also accused Russia of hacking the election with the express aim of getting Donald Trump elected. Not only is there a lack of publicly verifiable “smoking gun” proof that the Kremlin ordered the hacks, it is not certain if the Russians were trying to get Trump elected, damage Hillary Clinton should she become president, or merely to undermine confidence in the democratic process. (This is not to say Russia did not intervene in the U.S. election; it most certainly did.)

11. Blaming Previous Presidents

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President Trump has blamed his predecessor for a number of things: obstructing his transition, releasing Gitmo prisoners, and even botching the Yemeni raid early in his presidency.

Obama became famous in some media circles early on in his presidency for “blaming Bush” for the economic difficulties inherited from the former administration. The former president also blamed Bush for the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal, the VA scandal, the GSA scandal, among other things.

This isn’t to dismiss the concerns of citizens and media about the Trump presidency, or any aspect of government, but merely to make a reminder that journalists should be careful about overly sounding the political alarms. One of these days, they might need the American people to believe them.

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IntegrityImportant(19 likes)” . . . that journalists should be careful about overly sounding the political alarms. One of these days, they might need the American people to believe them.” Their approval rating is now below that of Congress so apparently a whole lot of us have already lost our trust in the media. The media has always considered themselves to be superior because they get to publish their articles but at least there used to be some pretense of being fair. No more. As this article points out, they ignore the very same infractions on the part of liberals while pursuing them ad naseum when writing about conservatives. While it is true that a free press is part of a democracy, what purpose do they serve when they are no longer honest?
Mark(11 likes)These four words will be the watchwords for the press for at least the next four years. THEY FORGET, WE REMEMBER.
@Bernays(9 likes)True… but MSM has not done its job in over 20 yrs. or more. Actually, it is more like 100 yrs.
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BLM Activist Shaun King Hits Twitter to Ask How to ‘Oust Donald Trump’ — Here’s How That Went…

BY MIKE MILLER
2 DAYS AGO
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New York Daily News columnist and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King has a problem. He wants to “legally oust” President Trump, but doesn’t quite know how to go about making it happen. So he did what any of us would do.

King took to Twitter with “a few serious, but wild questions” about getting rid of Trump:

A few serious, but wild questions…..

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 6, 2017
As the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro noted, one might think that King — Senior Justice Writer at the Daily News — would have this all figured out. Not so much:

1. Could the people of the United States somehow hold a vote now, or in the next year, to oust Donald Trump? Like a recall of some sort.

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 6, 2017

2. What other ways exist for the American people to legally oust an unethical President? Impeachment only?

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 6, 2017

We have long since crossed a point where @realDonaldTrump is so dishonest, so unethical, that it is truly dangerous for our democracy.

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 6, 2017

In laymen’s terms, what would it take for the USA to pass a constitutional amendment for a President Recall like CA has for governor?

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) March 6, 2017
Twitter being Twitter, King got plenty of responses to his “serious” questions, but, unfortunately, many of them weren’t exactly what he was looking for:

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Assuming that he doesn’t have a copy of “U.S. Constitution for Dummies,” there are two ways to “oust” a sitting president, including Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution. Via the Heritage Foundation:

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Assuming that Trump’s tweet storms don’t constitute high crimes and misdemeanors, King’s only other hope is the 25th Amendment, proposed by Congress and ratified by the states after the assassination of President Kennedy, as described by the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School.

[The 25th Amendment] provides the procedures for replacing the president or vice president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation.

The Watergate scandal of the 1970s saw the application of these procedures, first when Gerald Ford replaced Spiro Agnew as vice president, then when he replaced Richard Nixon as president, and then when Nelson Rockefeller filled the resulting vacancy to become the vice president.

Speaking of “incapacitation,” various Congressional Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) have openly questioned Trump’s mental health — as part of a larger effort to delegitimize his presidency.

Perhaps that’s King’s “best bet.”

During a November interview with The Young Turks, King said that he “personally, [doesn’t] trust anyone who voted for Donald Trump.”

Then again, he had Trump supporters figured out at least a year ago. As he wrote in a March 2016 New York Dailly News column: “Donald Trump is a full-fledged bigot. If you support him, you are too.”

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@CJWhy does anyone give this white boy pretending to be black, any attention at all? What is wrong with BLM when they have to be propped up by white people?
JeffJust another BLM idiot. Take your worthless group of racists and find a thug to defend. Here in Houston a scumbag was just arrested for killing a 8 year old girl. Sorry, that was black on black crime. That doesn’t count. It only counts if it is white on black.
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