Marc Short, the former White House Director of Legislative Affairs for President Donald Trump, complained on Monday that not enough attention is being paid to former President Barack Obama’s supposedly incendiary campaign rhetoric — and he then flailed badly when asked for an example.
While admitting that Trump was giving a dog whistle to his supporters by not-so-subtly mocking Obama’s middle name over the weekend, Short said that it was unfair to suggest Trump is the only person on the campaign trail using “tough” rhetoric against his opponents.
“It’s not like Barack Obama is victimless here!” he insisted.
“What’s his crime?” retorted CNN host John Berman.
“I am not saying it’s a crime, but our politics is tough now,” he replied. “And Barack Obama, where other presidents have stood aside, he is actively… campaigning against Donald Trump right now.”
Host Alisyn Camerota then demanded to know what “incendiary, toxic” rhetoric Obama had used that was on par with Trump’s demonization of migrants or his attacks on the media as the “enemy of the people.”
Short hesitated a bit before answering.
“Uh, he’s talking about, uh, the rationale… so many people in the Trump administration having indictments,” he replied.
“But it’s true!” replied fellow panelist Nina Turner.
During a campaign rally over the weekend, Obama mocked Trump and the Republican Party for having “racked up enough indictments to field a football team.”
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