Obama calls out Trump for using military against protesters

Obama calls out Trump for using military against protesters
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Former President Obama blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE’s response to protests over the death of George Floyd during his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

Obama said at the virtual event that “in this democracy, the commander in chief does not use the men and women of our military — who are willing to risk everything to protect our nation — as political props to deploy against peaceful protesters on our own soil."

He added that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis White House unveils official portraits of Biden and Harris MORE (D-Calif.) “understand that political opponents aren’t ‘un-American’ just because they disagree with you; that a free press isn’t the 'enemy' but the way we hold officials accountable; that our ability to work together to solve big problems like a pandemic depends on a fidelity to facts and science and logic and not just making stuff up.”


“None of this should be controversial. These shouldn’t be Republican principles or Democratic principles. They’re American principles. But at this moment, this president and those who enable him have shown they don’t believe in these things,” Obama said.

The address marks some of Obama’s most pointed, direct criticisms of his successor thus far, saying Trump “hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t” and “has no interest in putting in the work” of the presidency.

Trump has faced criticism after deploying federal officers to cities including Portland, Ore., to protect federal property amid protests that continued for weeks following the death of Floyd in late May.

The president also drew criticism after federal officers deployed smoke canisters and pepper balls on June 1 to clear protesters from Lafayette Square across from the White House before Trump walked in the area for a photo opportunity at a nearby church damaged amid the protests. The incident sparked weeks of criticism against a forceful response to mostly peaceful protesters.