After Barack Obama offered some veiled criticism of the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic during two virtual commencement addresses he gave on Saturday, Donald Trump responded today calling the former president “grossly incompetent.”
For over three years, Obama refrained from any comment on the Trump administration despite Donald Trump blaming the former president for a multitude of issues. Those include claims of “broken tests” for the coronavirus (a virus that didn’t exist when Obama left office) and “bare cupboards” of federal medical supplies three years into the Trump administration.
But during an online speech to 2020 graduates, Obama referenced the current efforts to end the coronavirus health threat without using Trump’s name.
“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said during Saturday’s speech. “A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
On Sunday, Trump was asked by reporters about Obama’s comments as he entered the White House. “Look, he was an incompetent president, that’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent,” said Trump.
It goes without saying that Obama dealt with H1N1 so well that most Americans forgot about it. He also handled Ebola so expertly that only two people contracted it within the U.S. and they both recovered.
And, of course, Obama gave Trump a thriving economy and a comprehensive pandemic response plan.
Some conservatives denounced Obama for saying anything at all pointing to a tradition of previous presidents withholding criticism of their successors. But, Trump has spent three years blaming Obama for everything he possibly can, which is also, a break from tradition.
My take is: Trump set the tone with his attacks on the previous administration. At some point, you do begin to reap what you sow.
So, there’s that…
Trump responds to Obama’s speech: “Look, he was an incompetent president, that’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent.” pic.twitter.com/bgkbMFvURr
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 17, 2020
— Dorice A. DeLaurie (@pescara121) May 17, 2020
Obama gave two coherent, inspirational speeches to 2020 graduates that didn’t include mispronounced words, suggesting that people inject disinfectant, self praise, or covfefe.
Trump’s Ivy League response: Obama bad
And that is why Trump watched those speeches & didn’t give them
— Denise Shearin 🌊 (@DeniseShearin) May 17, 2020