Dems are very, very angry at President Trump for saying mean things about Joe Biden and Barack Obama while he was in Japan over the weekend:
"It is absolutely an unacceptable statement for the President of the United States, while overseas in a foreign country, to side with a repugnant dictator against the former Vice President." – Rep. Gerry Connolly on Trump siding with Kim Jong Un, calling Biden low IQ pic.twitter.com/bvYx8AHAyf
— CNN (@CNN) May 27, 2019
And MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was so disappointed in Trump’s behavior that he compared him to The Dixie Chicks who spoke out against the Iraq war while at a concert in London, because that’s totally the same thing.
“This is something you do not do,” he said:
"This is how far we've come. We now have a president…who attacked an American vice president and an American president on foreign soil. That is something you do not do." —@JoeNBC pic.twitter.com/vWQtib93qq
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) May 28, 2019
Of course, then President Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates while overseas before the 2016 election, which is the exact same thing. From CNN, November 18, 2015:
On his last two foreign swings, Obama has offered blistering criticism about the slate of candidates who are vying to replace him on the GOP side, lambasting their policy proposals and implying they lack the gravitas to do his job.
His remarks wouldn’t sound out of place during a press conference in the White House briefing room or at a speech to a room of Democratic fundraisers. But it’s a new phenomenon for Obama — and rare for U.S. presidents generally — to use such pointed language about political rivals on the world stage.
Unconcerned about allegations he’s abusing his bully pulpit abroad, Obama has used the foreign trips to underscore his global stature — and make a tacit comparison to what he sees as his critics’ lesser positions.
If Trump does it, it’s the end of the Republic. But everyone just shrugged when Obama did the same thing?