President Barack Obama has little sympathy for President-elect Donald Trump when it comes to the protests against him, and he offered up some advice for his successor: Get used to it.
“I’ve been the subject of protests during the course of my eight years,” Obama said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. “And I suspect that there’s not a president in our history that hasn’t been subject to these protests. So, I would not advise people who feel strongly or who are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent.”
Obama had nothing to say to say about the anti-Trump protests that devolved into riots in cities like Portland, where 108 protesters have been arrested — 71 in one night. And he had nothing to say about the violent attacks on Trump voters — including a vicious mob attack on a man right in his hometown of Chicago.
The situation in the US remains fluid until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office. But since protesters are being paid to be on the streets and their financiers are deep pocketed, these protests, we can only assume will increase as we get closer to January 20th.
The progress that Obama and Clinton had made to the idea of globalization, the progress that Clinton would have made for the same agenda, is now at risk with a Trump presidency.