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Obama Turns ‘Graduate Together’ CNN Commencement into Partisan, Anti-Trump Screed

As sanctimonious and elitist as ever.

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Former President Barack Obama struck a starkly partisan tone in an address for a star-studded virtual commencement event aired on CNN, staged to replace the canceled college and high school graduation ceremonies in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Obama took several obvious and implicit shots at Donald Trump during the speech, which was preceded by remarks from Democratic celebrities such LeBron James and Bill Clinton.

All those adults that you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing? Turns out that they don’t have all the answers. A lot of them aren’t even asking the right questions.

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President Donald Trump, who is the closest thing to a figure in “charge” of American society, has never claimed to have all the answers related to the coronavirus response.

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Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up.

Not the most reflective language for someone who held the very fancy title and important job President Obama was referring to just over three years ago.

Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us — sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed — and set the world on a different path.

Nothing like a lesson in humility when it comes to “status” from the former most powerful politician in the country and in the world. Perhaps Obama should’ve reconsidered his pursuit of “status” before running for President.

Obama has already surpassed any of his predecessors in public criticism of his successor- even if he phrases it implicitly- by an order of magnitude. The 44th President, who recently has been accused of involvement in the FBI’s politically motivated misconduct in the 2016 election, was heard in a leaked call claiming that the vindication of former Trump White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn represented a fundamental threat to the rule of law in America.

 

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Tommy Tuberville is Refusing to Debate Jeff Sessions in Alabama Senate Runoff

Tuberville has serious questions to answer on his immigration policy views.

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As the Republican primary runoff for nomination for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, football coach Tommy Tuberville is doubling down on a strategy of refusing to debate former Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, leaving serious questions about his immigration policy positions unanswered.

Tuberville hopes to cruise to an easy victory on the basis of support from Donald Trump, who remains incensed at Sessions over a feud related to his former Attorney General’s recusal from Robert Mueller’s witch hunt Russia investigation. But Sessions has emphasized that the feud- now in the past- can’t be all that comes under consideration for Alabama’s Republican voters.

Tuberville steadfastly refuses to clarify some of his troubling statements related to immigration policy, including stating that the United States needs 400,000 Indian visa workers to provide labor for America’s corporations. Tuberville continues to rebuff attempts from Sessions to organize a debate to discuss actual policy before the July 14th runoff election, which will determine who will go on to face Democrat Doug Jones in November.

Sessions reiterated that Tuberville refuses to participate in a debate in a tweet responding to President Trump’s latest criticism of him, pointing out that Tuberville’s GOPe sympathies render him a suspect so-called supporter of the President’s ‘MAGA’ agenda.

In yet another demonstration of stark anachronism with Republican voters of today, Tuberville has even said that “we can’t worry about China” in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

In stark contrast with Tuberville, Jeff Sessions has what is almost certainly the strongest conservative track record on immigration policy of any former Senator or congressman. He’s almost single-handedly derailed several amnesty attempts, and most recently led the charge in calling for a federal immigration moratorium in response to the coronavirus recession that President Trump has partially implemented.

What does Tuberville, a political novice who frames himself as a great ally of President Trump, have to fear from a debate?

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