Though the election is over, as is his presidency, Obama runs on the same issues that gave Trump victory.
It seems that Obama runs against Trump even though there’s no election. In fact, Obama “campaigns” on all the issues that didn’t work to get his chosen heir, Hillary Clinton, the presidency.
Barack Obama seems to have forgotten that he ran as a center-left candidate in 2008. He ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 who did not draw conservatives to the polls. So there is not much reason to think that Liberal issues are going to create a coalition to defeat Donald Trump.
The Washington Times reports, “Obama challenges Trump on Obamacare, Paris climate pact.”
Barack Obama promised upon leaving the White House that he would stay out of President Trump’s hair unless it was really, really important.
Increasingly during 2017, Mr. Obama found really important topics on which to challenge Mr. Trump.
When Mr. Trump pushed Congress last March to repeal Obamacare, Mr. Obama jumped in to save his signature program with one of his first public comments as a private citizen.
“Reality continues to discredit the false claim that this law is in a ‘death spiral,’” Mr. Obama said, using Mr. Trump’s favorite phrase for criticizing the Affordable Care Act. “Likewise, this law is no ‘job-killer.’”
After Mr. Trump reversed Mr. Obama’s decision and pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement in June, Mr. Obama criticized his successor’s move as “a difficult position to defend.”
And in a preview of the 2018 campaign, Mr. Obama recorded a robo-call in early December for Democrat Doug Jones, who defeated the Trump-endorsed Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election. Strong black voter turnout was credited with helping Mr. Jones win.
From his post-presidential perch at homes in Chicago and in Washington, Mr. Obama watched as Mr. Trump unraveled his policies on a broad front, from killing Obamacare’s individual mandate to building the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, from rolling back hundreds of business regulations to ending amnesty for young illegal immigrants.
Cecilia Munoz, who served as Mr. Obama’s top domestic policy adviser in the White House, keeps in touch with the former president and others from his team, and acknowledges a deep level of frustration generally over Mr. Trump’s actions.
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