In the midst of an American political landscape fraught with lies and propaganda—much of it coming from the White House—leave it to former President Barack Obama to spit some truth.
Obama is currently making campaign stops and speaking to voters before the crucial 2018 midterms, which Democrats hope will give them enough of a legislative foothold to keep President Donald Trump’s agenda in check.
While speaking to voters in Detroit, Obama called attention to the excessive and flagrant lies spouted by the current head of the executive branch. He cited a recent lie as an example:
“The president said he was going to pass a middle class tax cut. Congress isn’t even in session before the election! He just makes it up!”
"The president said he passed a middle-class tax cut before the next election. Congress isn't even in session. He just makes it up," Former President Obama criticizes President Trump during rally for Wisconsin Democrats https://t.co/2NYf6Be96u pic.twitter.com/btejSVgboG
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 26, 2018
The years since Trump’s inauguration have proven that his willingness to lie would not be extinguished with a vow to protect and serve fellow Americans. President Obama is seen by many as a marked contrast to Trump; a paragon of decency preceding a shameless liar. That’s why his words carried weight with Americans at the rally in Detroit and with those watching from computer screens.
Many subsequently took to Twitter to praise the former President.
Obama is the Best!????
— Lynn Caroline (@LynnCaroline8) October 27, 2018
Just wish people would listen ? & had a brain on the other side. But unfortunately, many would rather go with Lies. Vote them out!!!
— Corren Evans (@CorrenEvans) October 27, 2018
Hell yeah, call it lying. Speak out and speak truth!
— ParsleyMostly (@ParsleyMostly) October 26, 2018
— valerie molano (@valeriemolano) October 27, 2018
Donald Trump has said multiple times that he would pass a middle class tax cut before the election. Seeing as congress is not in session until January, many took this to mean Trump would seek the tax cut by way of executive order, however the president has maintained that he intends to go through congress. Even some GOP officials know nothing of this plan and don’t see how the president intends to achieve it.
The move likely comes in response to criticisms of the recent GOP tax bill, which slashed tax rates for corporations but wasn’t as generous to individuals, reservations the GOP is trying to relieve in order to save its majorities.
But people aren’t buying it.
It was never "coming." (Hell, it wasn't even breathing hard.)
Trump is telling EVERY LIE POSSIBLE LEADING UP TO MIDTERMS.
Vote like our democracy depends on it!!
— Libration (@JohnPaceWrites) October 27, 2018
— I am who I am. (@livelife1964) October 27, 2018
His supporters believe every word he says, so they'll be waiting for the tax cut until it doesn't come at which point they'll blame the dems
— The Avocado Whisperer (@kylebastien) October 27, 2018
Spouting off an empty promise is almost involuntary for the president at this point. We can only hope responsible politicians are elected in November to keep the president in check and affect real change.