After former President Obama said this week that people should “think before you speak, think before you tweet”—an apparent reference to Trump’s twilight Twitter rants—Fox Business host Lou Dobbs had harsh words for Obama:
I think US Marshals should follow him, and any time he wants to go follow the president like he is, and behave [like that]. I mean, this is just bad manners. It’s boorish, it’s absurd, he doesn’t realize how foolish he looks. I mean, he should be brought back by the Marshals. Isn’t there some law that says presidents shouldn’t be attacking sitting presidents?
No, Mr. Hobbs. There is no law that says former presidents shouldn’t “attack” sitting presidents, nor even make a veiled joke at one’s expense. In fact, there is a law that says he CAN. It’s called the First Amendment.
Obama never actually mentioned Trump during his remarks in New Delhi. He was asked about his wife, Michelle Obama, making comments about how it was not a good idea to “tweet from bed,” a reference to Trump, and said:
Michelle was giving the general idea . . . don’t say the first thing that pops in your head. Have a little bit of an edit function. Think before you speak, think before you tweet.
He also pointed out he has 100 million followers, or “more than other people who use it more often.”
Trump has been vocal about his criticisms of Obama, before and during his presidency, Mr. Hobbs, so apparently you think this don’t-criticize-the-president thing only goes in one direction. Trump falsely claimed Obama wasn’t really born in the US and once tweeted, “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States.”
When Obama was running for president in 2008, he blamed Dobbs, a critic of illegal immigration, for “feeding a kind of xenophobia.” “There’s a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year. If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it’s not surprising that would happen,” he said during a Florida fundraiser. The Washington Post said Obama was not being truthful about hate crime statistics when he made the remark.
Obama is not the only former president to criticize Trump. Former president George W. Bush, a Republican, criticized a political system “corrupted by conspiracy theories and outright fabrication” in which nationalism has been “distorted into nativism”:
We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone and provides permission for cruelty and bigotry. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.
Bush’s father, the 41st president, also a Republican, bashed Trump in more concise, plainer terms, according to CNN:
He’s a blowhard. This guy doesn’t know what it means to be president.
By Dobbs’ reasoning, the marshals may also have to come for the Bushes, too.
What do YOU think?
*Please let us know in the comments section below!*