So much for tradition.
Former President’s do not criticize the current occupant of the Oval Office.
But Barack Obama threw that out the window and launched his biggest betrayal of Donald Trump to date.
In addition to not attacking current Presidents, Obama broke two more traditions – criticizing the current President while he was traveling abroad, and doing so while he himself was on foreign soil.
While in Berlin of all places, Obama claimed we “can’t hide behind walls.”
“Barack Obama brought his post-presidency campaign for continued globalism and openness to Berlin on Thursday, urging youth leaders and others not to give up and turn in on themselves.
“In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall,” Obama said, sitting on stage next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Brandenburg Gate at an event that’s part of “Kirchentag,” a multi-day meeting sponsored by the Protestant church in Germany.
Obama made the comment as President Donald Trump, in Brussels for his first NATO leaders summit, was meeting with European Council leaders Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker.
Obama addressed a rapt crowd of Germans lining the streets from blocks away, some holding signs like, “Welcome Home,” “You’re Looking Great,” and “Du Bist Ein Berliner.”
Obama attended the event at Merkel’s invitation—there’s no foreign leader that he was closer with during his time in the White House, and she’s hoping for a boost from his still sky-high popularity in Germany in her own re-election campaign in the fall. “
The obvious symbolism of Obama’s remarks was comparing Trump’s proposed border wall, which is meant to stop illegal immigration – to the Berlin Wall, the symbol of Soviet oppression during the Cold War.
But the outrageous analogy falls short.
Trump’s wall is to keep illegal immigration out and protect America’s clearly defined borders and sovereignty.
The Berlin Wall divided a unified nation and prevented free movement of a native population.
In addition, by appearing with Merkel – who is running for re-election this fall – Obama is meddling in a foreign election to help a leader whose vision for the world is at odds with President Trump.
Merkel is the high priestess of globalism who opened Germany’s borders to over one million Syrian refugees, which in turn ignited the nationalist movements across the Western world.
Obama is trying to help her put them down by aiding her re-election campaign.
His appearance also came just days before Merkel was set to have dinner with Trump.
It was a stunning act of betrayal.
But for the American left – who sees their sole purpose as destroying Trump’s legitimacy – it was all part of the plan.