Obama Warns Trump: ‘I Won’t Stay Quiet After Leaving Office’
During a Podcast interview with CNN, President Barack Obama said that he will not be silent after he leaves office and may choose to fight back from the sidelines if Trump governs in a way that threatens our democracy. And from what we’ve seen so far, Trump isn’t going to change once he is in the White House, and the outgoing president is gearing up to fight back.
The president has largely steered clear of direct criticism of Donald Trump since the election. But he hinted a big change after January 20th. Obama told CNN that he could mobilize Americans if the Trump administration threatens the “foundational issues about our democracy.”
Obama also blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel for “throwing sand in the gears” of Democracy.
He seemed to be firing a warning shot that he plans to be vocal as a former president if he thinks the Trump administration threatens American values.
“At a certain point, you make room for new voices and fresh legs,” Obama explained, talking mostly about the need to let up-and-coming Democrats find their own public voices.
But “that doesn’t mean that if there is an issue of such moment, such import, that isn’t just a debate about a particular tax bill or, you know, a particular policy, but goes to some foundational issues about our democracy, that I might not weigh in,” the president said.
“You know, I’m still a citizen and that carries with it duties and obligations.”
During the same interview, Obama went on to say that “he could have beaten Trump if he were allowed to run again.” Arguing that Americans still subscribe to his vision of progressive change, President Barack Obama asserted he could have succeeded.
“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.
Below is the Podcast via CNN.