Bill Clinton Launches Blistering Attack On POTUS - Without Naming Names

In years past, former presidents would go out of their way to avoid commenting on the practices of the current administration. That’s gone by the wayside.

Since President Donald Trump entered office, we’ve seen his three most recent predecessors offer up commentary on him in very public fashion. Oftentimes, they get around the appearance that they may be disregarding established precedent by not naming names while offering up their thoughts.

As the Daily Mail shares, former President Bill Clinton recently chose this tactic while offering up a whole gaggle of thoughts. Clinton composed an op-ed piece for the New York Times, and he lamented all sorts of things about the current political environment, including that it seems to be consumed by “tribalism based on race, religion, sexual identity and place of birth.”

“All too often, [it] has replaced inclusive nationalism, in which you can be proud of your tribe and still embrace the larger American community,” he wrote. “And too often resentment conquers reason, anger blinds us to answers and sanctimony passes for authenticity.”

While Clinton didn’t name Trump by name, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what he’s implying. He’s pointing the finger at Trump for the rise in identity politics, but there’s a whole ton of shade that can be thrown at the other side of the aisle for the inordinate rise in feelings of divisiveness that are plaguing our country.

Clinton would also take a shot at the commander-in-chief’s proclivity for communicating via social media.

“Too many social media sites are fever swamps of extremist foreign and domestic invaders. Such resolute efforts to abolish the line between fact and fiction, truth and lies, can offset all the benefits of our interconnectedness,” he continued.

Clinton further states “When trust vanishes and knowledge is devalued as an establishment defense of the status quo, anything can happen. We already see citizens being disenfranchised by the millions, targeted by race, ethnicity and age not because they are ineligible to vote, but because they favor inclusive, not tribal, nationalism.”

The world of social media can be quite the cesspool at times, but Trump is hardly the only one to blame for that. That was happening well before Trump threw his hat into the political arena, and it will continue for long after he’s gone from office.

When he was done throwing stones at Trump, the former president took the time to reflect on his own presidency and legacy.

“I said that every American should follow our Constitutional framers’ command to form a more perfect union, to constantly expand the definition of “us” and shrink the definition of “them.” I still believe that. Because I do, I favor policies that promote cooperation over conflict and build an economy, a society and a politics of addition not subtraction, multiplication not division,” Clinton noted.

He continued “Unfortunately, too many people in power across the world seem determined to do the reverse. If we do that here, we will miss this moment to build our brightest days.”

When a former president is actually asked for their opinion on the current state of affairs, it’s understandable for them to offer up their thoughts. In this case, it’s not understandable.

There was zero reason for Clinton to pontificate his way through an op-ed piece on the way he sees things. Clinton had his time in the sun. It’s somebody else’s turn now.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: MaxPixel, Ralph Alswang/Wikimedia, NYT Opinion/Twitter, Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Michael Vadon/Wikimedia

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