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Tue May 12, 2020, 02:39 PM

Mitch McConnell's deeply disingenuous call for Barack Obama to keep 'his mouth shut'

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https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/12/politics/mitch-mcconnell-donald-trump-barack-obama/index.html

Mitch McConnell's deeply disingenuous call for Barack Obama to keep 'his mouth shut'
Chris Cillizza
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 12:14 PM ET, Tue May 12, 2020

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Look. There's a bunch of problems with what McConnell is saying. Let's go through them.

First -- and most importantly -- since we are on the topic of political traditions, it's long been a tradition that the current president doesn't personally attack the person who came before him.

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Second, Obama made these comments -- he said the Trump response to the pandemic was "an absolute chaotic disaster" -- not in public but on a private call with former members of his staff and administration.
Yes, of course, Obama was aware his comments might leak. But it's an important distinction nonetheless. As a former president, he could have very easily sat for an interview with any network he wanted to offer a stinging critique of how Trump is handling the coronavirus crisis. Hell, he could have also addressed the fact that the current president is accusing him of organizing an illegal coup! Obama didn't do any of that. He gave his candid views about Trump's handling of coronavirus -- a view more or less shared by a majority of Americans in the new CNN poll, by the way -- to friends and staff.

Third, McConnell, who has been around politics for a very long time, should know better than to tell the first black president to keep his mouth shut. Even if McConnell meant nothing by it, it's not a good look.

Taken broadly, what McConnell is doing here is what Trump and his party have been doing for the last three-plus years: Shattering every possible presidential norm with glee while also demanding that political opponents adhere to those same norms. I've lost count at the number of times Trump expresses faux shock at the language used by one of his rivals even as he curses and impugns them without a second thought. Or demands that someone be fired for making a mistake or airing an incorrect claim even as he has racked up literally thousands of misstatements and falsehoods during his time in office.

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Reply Mitch McConnell's deeply disingenuous call for Barack Obama to keep 'his mouth shut' (Original post)
babylonsister May 2020 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot May 2020 #1
coti May 2020 #10
babylonsister May 2020 #15
Hermit-The-Prog May 2020 #18
Miigwech May 2020 #2
IADEMO2004 May 2020 #3
Doreen May 2020 #4
spanone May 2020 #5
Cha May 2020 #6
babylonsister May 2020 #8
Cha May 2020 #9
maxsolomon May 2020 #7
coti May 2020 #11
Blue Owl May 2020 #12
lame54 May 2020 #13
gratuitous May 2020 #14
Hekate May 2020 #16
Sugarcoated May 2020 #17

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:42 PM

1. Moscow Mitch didn't use the word "uppity" but he might as well have.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:21 PM

10. It's not like telling someone to "keep their mouth shut" is particularly polite to begin with.

Whether racist or not, it's pretty disrespectful. And to a former President.

But these are the new norms of our society in the age of Trump. You can just go around screaming at people and insulting them and pulling guns and shooting and it's cool.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 10:44 PM

15. True. He's still an asshole and a redneck and a racist. nt

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Wed May 13, 2020, 01:16 AM

18. I guarantee he was thinking it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:00 PM

2. Cheap pet store turtles ... they always pissed in your hand when picked up

 

THAT'S MITCH!
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Response to Miigwech (Reply #2)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:39 PM

3. Perfect!!!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:40 PM

4. Oh mitchy, does the truth hurt you?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:41 PM

5. WHILE TRUMP IS ACCUSING OBAMA OF A CRIME.........

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:46 PM

6. I wonder how a private phone conversation did get leaked?!

Good points from Cillizza..

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Response to Cha (Reply #6)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:01 PM

8. I've read there

were hundreds (?) of people on this call and it would have been a surprise if it wasn't leaked.

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #8)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:12 PM

9. Oh.. lol TY!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:47 PM

7. It's a perfect example of why McConnell is so good at GOP Senatoring.

Implying so much while saying so little; infuriating the opposition with shameless, divisive hypocrisy.

I won't miss him when he's gone; I just hope that's very very soon. November, to be precise.

You can do it, Kentucky. WTFU.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:23 PM

11. Should Trump, himself, also have shut up about Obama while Obama was in office?

Should Trump have disqualified himself from running for President since he'd acted like an ass for years making up things to criticize Obama about? Why the hell does the order of things matter?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:16 PM

12. Go play in traffic with sharp, rusty objects, Mitch

n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:56 PM

13. Because we know Trump won't have anything to say about Biden

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:14 PM

14. Mitch just makes up whatever "political tradition" suits him at the moment

Presidents can't appoint Supreme Court Justices in their last year. Watch that "tradition" die a death swifter than Antonin Scalia if one of the Justices leaves the bench this year.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:06 PM

16. The McConnell hypocrisy is enough to gag a goat. Can't somebody in the WH breathe on him already?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 11:21 PM

17. Hope Obama tells that traitor where to go

in the alwayd classy Barack Obama way, of course.

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