Should Barack Obama speak out against President Trump?
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Should Barack Obama speak out against President Trump?

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Traditionally, former presidents do not critique their successor. But after President Trump moved to end DACA, Barack Obama was quick to speak out against him in a viral Facebook post. Many applauded Obama for jumping back into the political arena, and some argue, given the unique threat Trump poses to our democratic institutions, Obama hasn't done enough. But others believe Obama has no business weighing in on the Trump presidency. What do you think? 🗣️
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Since Trump was elected, former president Barack Obama has been relatively muted in his criticism of the new president. With a few exceptions, Obama has remained silent throughout the Trump administration, following in the tradition that presidents shouldn't criticize their successors. But not everyone agrees with Obama's approach.

Julian E. Zelizer argues in The Atlantic that Donald Trump poses a unique threat to American democracy, and therefore shouldn't be treated in the same way presidents have been treated in the past.

What Trump has done over the past 14 months is anything but usual. He has employed recklessly bellicose rhetoric against dangerous adversaries... used his Twitter account, press conferences, and speeches to sow doubts about the legitimacy of the press, U.S. intelligence agencies, and law-enforcement officials. He has brought a level of instability and chaos to American government that is extraordinarily harmful to the health of the body politic... But Obama has largely remained silent.

At a time when the Democratic Party seems more fractured than ever, many feel Obama's voice is desperately needed.

Some Democrats fear that Obama reentering the picture would energize conservatives and move the party backwards in time... [but] this cautious logic replicates the same mistake that Obama made when he backed away as president from several tough fights with the GOP hoping his restraint would tone things down... Obama can help promote new Democratic voices.
The last time Obama was too timid, the Republicans roared. His party can’t afford to see Obama make that same mistake once again.

But others argue Trump is not Obama's problem. He tried to warn the American electorate about the dangers of Trump throughout the election, why is it his responsibility to course correct for the American people?

Others feel Obama is trapped in an impossible place. If he speaks out, he will be criticized. If he doesn't speak out, he will be criticized. 

Even fans of Obama believe it is not his place to criticize Trump, and Democrats should instead be lifting up new leaders rather than relying on the leaders of the past.

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