Obama denounces Trumpism, but fails to mention the key part he played in its rise

Former US president Barack Obama has again won himself plaudits for denouncing the words and actions of his successor. As always, he spoke as if his own presidency was some kind of success story. But in reality, the rise of Trumpism is in large part a result of Obama’s own failures in office.

Laudable sentiments, but…

On 22 October, Obama gave a speech in Las Vegas. There was a recurrent theme throughout – a warning of the dangers to democracy that the US currently faces. Though he didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, it was obvious whom he was referring to. He said:

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