Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu accused President Obama of normalizing Donald Trump in the aftermath of the election. “In hindsight, I believe it was wrong for Barack Obama to normalize Donald Trump,” Lieu told Politico.
He was responding to a statement released by Obama’s office in which a spokesman said the former president is heartened by the nationwide protests in response to newly-inaugurated Trump’s controversial executive order on travel restrictions, and added that “American values are at stake.” It was the first post-presidency statement issued by Obama’s office. Former presidents typically shy away from wading into political issues, and Democrats are wary of Obama having a prominent voice during the Trump presidency. Read more at POLITICO.