While Donald Trump obsesses about a lot of people — especially those who dare to say anything negative about him — it’s undeniable that he’s obsessed with one person much more than most: Barack Obama.
For years, Trump lashed out at his predecessor, desperately trying to delegitimize his presidency. Not only did he push the blatantly racist “birther” conspiracy and claim that he had proof Obama’s birth certificate was fake, but he also frequently stated that anything positive linked to the Obama administration (such as the jobs numbers he now brags about) was “fake” or “phony.”
Since he was sworn into office, there hasn’t been a great deal of consistency within his administration — except when it comes to one thing: Opposing whatever Obama supported.
I’ve joked that you could define Trump’s “presidency” by simply saying, “If Obama supported it, Trump is opposing it.”
In what seems, at least in my opinion, to be a blatant attempt by Donald Trump to “erase” Obama’s presidency, he truly appears to make most of his policy decisions based not necessarily on what he supports, but rather doing the opposite of his predecessor.
It’s one of the most petty, childish, and pathetic things I’ve ever witnessed.
Now I know it’s easy to say that Trump’s a racist (he is) and that’s why he hates Obama so much. While that might be the case on some level, Trump’s proven throughout his life that he doesn’t much care what race, gender, or nationality someone is, if he feels threatened by someone, or they trigger his insecurities, he’s more than willing to attack them.
You see, when you get right down to it, Trump’s obsession with Obama is really rooted in the fact that, deep down, he knows that he’ll never be as good of a father or husband, or be as admired as a public figure and respected around the world as Barack Obama.
And that absolutely eats him up inside.
Sure, he could have backed up his big talk against our 44th president by running against him in 2012, but Trump’s too much of a coward to do something like that. Like a true bully, Trump likes to attack people he either feels are weaker than he is, or from “safe spaces” where they can’t “hit back” at him for the things he says or does. That’s why you don’t see him taking tough interviews; he’s terrified of being fact checked directly to his face, which would make him look like an even bigger fool than he already does.
The same goes for his constant ranting and raving on Twitter. He can go on the social media site and attack anyone he wants without really having to confront any of the people he lashes out at.
For example, after all the big, bad talk he had running down Mexico, promising that they would pay for his stupid wall, when he actually met the Mexican president — Trump was too gutless to use the same sort of inflammatory rhetoric to his face. Furthermore, Trump lied about the fact that the president of Mexico actually confronted him about his anti-Mexican rhetoric, telling him, specifically, that his country was never going to pay for the border wall.
Though that didn’t stop Trump from rushing back to the United States and immediately talking tough about Mexico again — just as soon as he was in his “safe space.”
The bottom line is this, Donald Trump’s hatred for Barack Obama, while possibly somewhat based on race, is really much more about the fact that he knows, no matter how hard he tries, he’ll never be a fraction of the man the former president is.
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