Yesterday, WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush claimed that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton employed “tactics mirroring those used by German fascists and communists in the 1930s” in order to delegitimize Donald Trump’s presidency, warning that an Obama-tied “shadow government” is now working to bring down the Trump administration.
According to Rush, Trump should consider prosecuting Obama and members of this “shadow government” for the “abject criminality, serial treason and war crimes” that they supposedly engaged in over the last eight years.
“If the aforementioned criminality, treason and other crimes committed by the Obama administration aren’t enough,” he wrote, “one could argue that the direct orchestrated hostilities against the Trump administration – for which there are prosecutable statutes – is more than sufficient justification for a strong response, if not outright retaliation.”
Last week, President Donald Trump accused former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 election season. Whether or not this actually occurred, it is certainly in keeping with the sort of machinations we’ve seen on the part of the Obama cabal. During the 2016 campaign season, we saw operatives from both the Obama camp and Hillary Clinton’s campaign engage in all manner of disruptive activities aimed at delegitimizing Donald Trump, including tactics mirroring those used by German fascists and communists in the 1930s. In recent weeks, a “shadow government” consisting of Obama surrogates who have worked to the detriment of the Trump administration has come to dominate discussions in alternative media venues.
In a sense, it has been almost amusing to hear Democratic lawmakers and prominent liberals flood press venues over the last month with calls for Trump’s impeachment and cries against totalitarianism considering their lack of concern for the abject criminality, serial treason and war crimes committed by the president they sustained for eight years. In context however, their histrionics and those of the establishment press in its support of this propaganda ought not be a complete surprise given the manifest evil of the players involved and the fact that progressives have been at this game for 100 years.
Yet the stark contrast between the hard-nosed businessman who played fair and won and those pampered socialist elites who caused the damage the businessman received a mandate to fix remains.
There once was another convention among American presidents wherein chief executives refrained from prosecuting the actions taken by their predecessors whilst in office, whether minor misfeasance or suspected high crimes and misdemeanors. Arguably, there have been outgoing administrations worthy of having their actions and policies scrutinized and perhaps even criminally prosecuted, but between the arduous work involved, the appearance of pettiness and the specter of all outgoing administrations potentially facing the intense legal inquiry of incoming administrations, it’s something that just wasn’t done.
Perhaps it is time for the Trump administration to re-evaluate this convention. If the aforementioned criminality, treason and other crimes committed by the Obama administration aren’t enough, one could argue that the direct orchestrated hostilities against the Trump administration – for which there are prosecutable statutes – is more than sufficient justification for a strong response, if not outright retaliation.