Trump blames Obama for protests and press leaks - internet reacts
Trump made the surprise announcement in an interview with ‘Fox and Friends’ on Tuesday, after being asked whether he thought Obama was behind the protests against his administration.
“I think he is behind it. I also think it's politics, that's the way it is,” Trump said. “I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it.”
“And some of the leaks possibly come from that group, which are really serious because they are very bad in terms of national security,” he added.
For many, Trump’s statements reeked of ‘fake news’, with people remembering Trump’s past claims, including his citing of anonymous sources to back up his belief that Obama is not an American citizen.
Trump, the guy who had anonymous sources telling him Obama was Kenyan, again criticizes anonymous sources: pic.twitter.com/pBBmdQv91I— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) February 28, 2017
@passantino Damn Obama is an efficient man. He can vacation and run a resistance at the same time.— Amanda (@TnTnTx03) February 28, 2017
In fact, many people agreed with Trump’s claims. Organizing for Action, a group set up during Obama’s presidential campaign, along with the Center for American Progress, owned by former Obama chief of staff John Podesta, are among the groups offering support to grassroots movements protesting Trump’s policies.
There is, however, no evidence of Obama’s involvement or that any of the leaks are his handiwork.
Obama is running an underground dark govt and needs to be jailed for TREASON. Period. This is serious! And real news. @FoxNews— Sheri Webb (@TrumpSheri) February 28, 2017
@FoxNews. Absolutely the leakers are from Obama's duplicitous regime. Obama holdovers are like a "cuckoo in the nest"! Never trust them!— Bertie (@Bertie07758773) February 28, 2017
@POTUS You hit the 'nail on the head' when you said Obama is involved in radical protests. Look to his OFA non profit group and other groups— SoFineMammy26 (@SoFineMammy26) February 28, 2017
Some said Trump was seeking to deflect blame to Obama instead of dealing with his own shortcomings. One tweeter reminded the internet of Richard Nixon’s efforts to blame the Watergate scandal on the Kennedys.
@FoxNews BLame..blame game.. Never take responsibility for his own actions..EGO.. will never be popular unless it's for NEGATIVE actions— CJ Plumb (@antiquelove1234) February 28, 2017
@BraddJaffy God almighty, I have never disliked anyone more than I dislike Donald Trump. Such a baby.... STOP BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE.— Rachel Mager (@rachelmm2001) February 28, 2017
Trump says Obama is "behind" the protests against him, just as Nixon & his aides insisted the Kennedys were behind the Watergate probe. pic.twitter.com/6SsfxBdP5O— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 28, 2017
Members of the #Resistance - largely Clinton supporters aiming to counter Trump’s policies - took the president’s statements as an indication of the movement’s success.