Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was pulling no punches Monday as he ripped ex-President Barack Obama. The GOP’s grim reaper ripping his political rival over a series of cutting comments Obama recently made.
Sen. McConnell stated, “Generally, former presidents just don’t do that. I remember that President George W. Bush and his father went right through eight years of Democratic administrations after they left office and kept their mouths shut because they didn’t feel it was appropriate for former presidents to even critique a president of another party.”
He added, “So I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut. You know, we know he doesn’t like much this administration is doing. That’s understandable. But I think it’s a little bit classless frankly to critique an administration that comes after you.” And said, “You had your shot. You were there for eight years. I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president who comes after you is a good tradition,”
Obama blasted the president late last week, “What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life,”
The former commander-in-chief continued, “It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty. It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ … is operationalized in our government.”
As he claimed, “That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.”
“While we continue to wait for a coherent national plan to navigate this pandemic, states like Massachusetts are beginning to adopt their own public health plans to combat this virus––before it’s too late,” Obama tweeted, linking to a New Yorker article that detailed Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R) push for widespread testing and a comprehensive contact tracing program. President Obama pulled back into the political vortex.