(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Former President Barack Obama used an appearance this week on CNN to gaslight conservatives, telling the corporate news network that Republicans lack the “virtue” of toleration when they deal with Marxists.
Obama began the interview by pontificating on the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump, according to a Breitbart transcript.
“How is the rest of the world, the democratic world, maybe even the non-democratic world meant to interpret that indictment and indeed the fact that a federal indictee is running, is able to run for the highest office in the land, maybe even the world?” CNN host Christiane Amanpour asked.
“It’s less than ideal,” Obama–a paragon of respectability himself–replied.
“But the fact that we have a former president who is having to answer to charges brought by prosecutors does uphold the basic notion that nobody is above the law. And the allegations will now be sorted out through a court process.”
For the former president, it is important for Americans to realize how important toleration is for politics to function as he would like it to in the country. But toleration has been lacking, he suggested, since the time that he left office, which was rife with division.
“I think there is less tolerance for ideas that don’t suit us,” he noted.
For Obama, however, there is to be no toleration for those with what he would call “anti-democratic” ideas. The rise of intolerance, in the former president’s account, coincides with the rise of another former president, Donald Trump, and his supporters.
“I think that’s weakened since I left office, and we’re gonna need to strengthen them again,” he noted, accusing Republicans of “trying to silence critics through changes in legislative process, whether it’s attempts to intimidate the press, a strand of anti-democratic sentiment that we’ve seen in the United States.”
Obama, who some have argued has spent the past six years running the Democrat Party from afar, also noted that one side of the political spectrum is especially guilty of a lack of toleration.
“It’s something that is right now most prominent in the Republican Party,” he opined.