Former White House Staffer Thinks Obama Bringing Up Indictments Close To Trump Is ‘Incendiary’ Rhetoric

Marc Short dismissed his old boss’s behavior, but questioned whether the former president should be out campaigning at all.

A conservative contributor to CNN suggested that former President Barack Obama is going too far when he points out the fact that some members of President Donald Trump’s White House are facing indictments.

Marc Short, who, according to reporting from Politico, was the former legislative affairs director under Trump who left in July to work in the private sector, made the comments on a CNN program Monday morning, which was focusing on incendiary rhetoric by Trump. While focus was given to the current president’s comments regarding immigration in the run-up to the midterm elections this Tuesday, some attention was also put on the fact that Trump recently drew unnecessary attention to Obama’s middle name, which is “Hussein.”

Short justified the president’s rhetoric, and pointed out that mentioning Obama’s middle name was meant to be cheeky.

“I think we know what he was doing, I think he’s part entertaining the crowd, he part is reminding people his name is Hussein,” Short said.

Short went on to say that Obama himself was using rhetoric that fanned the flames of hatred.

Co-host Alisyn Camerota asked for an example, according to reporting from Media Matters. “And what incendiary, toxic language is Barack Obama using?” she requested from Short.

“He’s talking about the rationale — so many people in the Trump administration having indictments as never before,” Short said.

“That’s true,” Camerota pointed out.

It’s unclear how pointing out these factual statements could be conceived as being incendiary or not — Short didn’t go on to explain why he felt the way he did.

Obama has in fact made statements against Trump’s White House and other Republicans in Washington D.C. during campaign rallies across the country, according to reporting from the Hill. “They have gone to Washington and just plundered away. In Washington, they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team,” he said to a crowd in Milwaukee last week. “Nobody in my administration got indicted.”

Several of Trump’s former campaign staff have received indictments or have pleaded guilty in an ongoing Russia investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was also forced to resign from the administration in the early months of Trump’s tenure, and has made a plea deal with Mueller as well.

Many have criticized Trump for his rhetoric, which includes false and misleading statements against immigrants. A recent ad produced by his campaign, for example, depicted a cop-killing immigrant who the campaign implied came back due to Democratic policies.

That individual, in fact, came back after conservative Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a strong Trump supporter, released him from custody, and returned to the U.S. under the administration of former Republican President Donald Trump, previous reporting from the Inquisitr explained.

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