Obama Gives Trump A Lesson In Presidential Leadership With Powerful Charlottesville Response

Former President Barack Obama, who has largely been silent during his post-presidency, spoke out on Saturday about the racially motivated terrorist attack in Charlottesville, which has resulted in at least three deaths and dozens of injuries.

On his Twitter feed, Obama quoted Nelson Mandela saying, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.”


Obama’s message of love and unity – and his clear suggestion that today’s violence was racially motivated – stood in stark contrast to Trump, who said on Saturday that people “on many sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said, emphasizing that he is not placing blame on any one group.

Trump’s pathetic response to today’s white supremacist violence left a gaping void of presidential leadership that the country needed to have filled, and Obama rose to the occasion to fill it.