It’s hard to tell whether Donald Trump’s shock that the majority of Americans detest him is real, but it reveals at the very least his astonishing incompetence and total lack of awareness. Speaking at a rally for the Democratic candidate Ralph Northam in a gubernatorial election in Virginia, president Obama spelled this out for Trump in the most direct way possible.
“You’ll notice I haven’t been commenting a lot on politics lately,” he said to the excited crowd. “But here’s one thing I know: if you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you’re not going to be able to govern them. You won’t be able to unite them later if that’s how you start.”
Obama: "If you have to win a campaign by dividing people… You won't be able to unite them later." pic.twitter.com/YRrLHQAlQK
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 20, 2017
This simple lesson is something Donald Trump has never been able to grasp. His entire campaign started on the racist basis that president Obama wasn’t born in America, banking on shoring up support from extremists who would then create a powerful movement to propel him into the White House. He fanned the flames of xenophobia and extremism throughout his campaign, explicitly appealing to hatred of minorities, women and liberals. Trump made a deal with the devil for short term gain, ensuring he would never be the president for all of the people.
This was made abundantly clear when the largest protest march in US history descended on Washington days after Trump was inaugurated to protest his repulsive misogyny. The “other” Americans let Trump know in no uncertain terms that he would never be their president, that the wounds he opened could not be healed by him, and the only way forward would be voting him out of office, or better yet, impeachment.
President Obama ran in 2008 and 2012 on a platform of unity. He pledged to bring people together rather than divide them, and always sought to appeal to America’s better nature. For this reason (amongst many others), history will almost certainly judge him kindly. The same cannot be said for president Trump, whose only contribution to America has been to sow hatred, fear and distrust of other.
You reap what you sow, and Trump will continue to feel the hate he generated until he is finally removed from office.
Watch Obama’s full speech in Virginia below:
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.