During a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday, former President Barack Obama compared President Donald Trump to a dictator. Across social media, users were quick to point out the hypocrisy of his statements.
“I think that there has been this sense over the last several years that literally anything goes and is justified in order to get power,” Obama stated. “And that’s not unique to the United States. There are strong men and dictators around the world who think that, ‘I can do anything to stay in power. I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists.'”
“But that’s not who we’re supposed to be,” he added. “And one of the signals I think that Joe Biden needs to send to the world is that, ‘No, those values that we preached, and we believed in, and subscribed in– we still believe.'”
Obama, who has been accused of nearly everything he stated in the interview regarding Trump’s supposed “dictatorial behaviour,” from killing innocent civilians in drone strikes to spying on journalists.
Republican National Committee Rapid Response Director Steve Guest posted a video of Obama’s comments on Twitter, stating: “UNHINGED: Barack Obama — who droned weddings & targeted journalists — compares @realDonaldTrump to a dictator who thinks, ‘I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. … I can suppress journalists.'
Former left-wing journalist, Zaid Jilani, tweeted a link to a Washington Post article from 2014 regarding allegations he made against the Obama administration.
“Obama is against suppressing journalists?” Jilani tweeted. “A welcome evolution!”
Writing in the article, the author stated: “Blogger Zaid Jilani has a post claiming that when he worked for ThinkProgress at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, he was pressured to toe the White House line, even when that conflicted with the positions his organization was supposedly advancing.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton added in a tweet, saying, “Obama’s unhinged attack on @RealDonaldTrump should erase any doubt about his knowing role in the treacherous and seditious spying and targeting of Trump and other innocents in Trump world.”