Ex-President Barack Obama took a thinly veiled shot at rival Republican Chief Executive Donald Trump today on Twitter. The prior Commander-in-Chief fired off a tweet which read:
“We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.” That he linked to a Los Angeles Times piece titled, “Trump weakens fuel economy standards, rolling back key U.S. effort against climate change.”
We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can't afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall. https://t.co/K8Ucu7iVDK
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 31, 2020
A USA Today story stated:
The mileage decision Obama criticized was the latest move by Trump to revamp the regulatory policies of his predecessor. Trump has accused Obama of saddling businesses with excessive regulations that he argues have thwarted economic growth.
In addition to loosening Obama’s climate-related regulations, Trump has also criticized the former president’s signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act.
While The Federalist further told:
Even if we take a generous and unlikely view of the tweet and suggest that it is also criticizing Democrats like Joe Biden who intimated that Trump’s closing of travel from China in late January was an act of xenophobia, or like Mayor Bill de Blasio who was telling people to go to the movies as late as March 2, its still a bush league thing to use this crisis to push his political hobbyhorses.
Customarily, former presidents give those who follow them a wide swath and rarely are directly critical. Obama himself was certainly given that respect his predecessor George W. Bush. There is a very good reason for this tradition, which is that the office of the presidency itself should stay above the fray of politics.
If Barack Obama wants to champion legislation to fight climate change, by all means he should. If he wants to say we need to be doing more, or even that the federal government’s rolled back efforts should be expanded, fine. But to do so in reaction to an article directly linked to Trump, and use the pandemic to induce further fear when many Americans are already terrified is frankly unthinkable.
Trump took a shot in return several hours later. As he posted, “My administration is helping U.S. auto workers by replacing the failed Obama Emissions Rule. Impossible to satisfy its Green New Deal Standard; Lots of unnecessary and expensive penalties to car buyers!”
My Administration is helping U.S. auto workers by replacing the failed Obama Emissions Rule. Impossible to satisfy its Green New Deal Standard; Lots of unnecessary and expensive penalties to car buyers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2020
A shame this crisis now being used to score political points.