1. Speaking Out Against Illegal Immigration
“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
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.
3. Restricting Immigration
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.
4. Having an Attorney General Who Refused to Resign
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
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.
This doesn’t make every little thing he is doing OK, and that isn’t the point of the list or of pointing it out. The point of this is that there is a blatant double standard, as I’ve said before, where things that are perfectly OK for a democrat to do aren’t OK for a republican to do. Things that are bringing media outrage towards the Trump camp brought media swooning and fan boying from the Obama camp. We no longer have a media, and we may be too far divided to get our country back to the base line at this point, which deeply saddens me.