In one of his biggest post-White House speeches, former President Barack Obama on Friday told America that President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have cultivated a divided America since he left office last January.
In response, Obama urged unity. But more significantly, he urged Americans to vote for Democrats in November as a check on the Trump administration's "abuses of power."
"In two months we have the chance, not the certainty, but the chance to restore some semblance of sanity to our politics. There is actually only one check on bad policy and abuses of power, and that’s you and your vote," Obama said.
However, given Obama's less-than-stellar track record at unity — millions of Americans would argue Obama is directly responsible for much of today's division — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) provided Obama with a scathing history lesson on divisive politicians.
What did Rubio say?
Rubio agreed with Obama's sentiment that divisiveness is not a character trait presidents should emulate. Unfortunately for Obama, Rubio proved in a series of tweets Saturday that Obama was successful at dividing Americans during his presidency.
In fact, as Rubio pointed out, Obama often made enemies out of those who disagreed with his policy initiatives.
Pres. Obama is right. It is wrong for a President to use divisive language, such as:— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 8, 2018
1. Call all opponents of same-sex marriage bigots
2. Call the Pro-Life movement a "War on Women"
3. Call all immigration enforcement advocates racists
4. Call the GOP the enemy of Hispanics
How about when he made a joke about former First Lady
Nancy Reagan conducting seances? https://t.co/pVgBUXEw1b— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 8, 2018
Barack Obama on people left behind by new economy: “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter,they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 8, 2018
Barack Obama justifying ignoring constitution limits on the power of President: “Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me.”— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 8, 2018
Barack Obama in a Univision interview calling on Hispanics to vote against GOP “enemies”: “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us...”— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 8, 2018
Barack Obama at a speech at American University accused those who opposed #IranDeal of making common cause with those in Iran who chant “Death to America”.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 8, 2018