When President Obama delivered his farewell address earlier this week, critics lauded his soaring rhetoric and his message of hope and optimism.
He sought to heal the partisan divide caused by a trying election cycle.
“Politics is a battle of ideas,” he said. But we must be willing to “concede that your opponent is making a fair point.”
So it seems rather odd that that message of unity was applauded openly by a man sitting in the front row who was proven responsible for inciting violence at Donald Trump campaign rallies.
Yes, Bob Creamer, a top Democrat operative who was fired after video surfaced of his role in masterminding staged and paid violence, a man exposed as being behind a tactic called “bird-dogging” in which homeless people, the elderly, and mentally ill individuals were paid to start violence at Trump rallies, and a convicted felon, was awarded with a front row guest seat at Obama’s farewell speech.
— PVeritas Action (@PVeritas_Action) January 11, 2017
Disgraced [Demcorat] operative Robert Creamer was seated at the front of the audience at President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago on Tuesday evening, despite his leading role in an effort to incite violence at Republican political events.
Creamer was exposed by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas as the key figure in a complex scheme involving a tactic called “bird-dogging,” which involved planting trained activists at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies and other Republican events. The activists were trained to provoke members of the audience into reacting violently, and to provide footage to the media. The goal, as Creamer associate Scott Foval explained on hidden camera, was to create a sense of “anarchy” around Trump.
Perhaps compromising with one’s political opponent doesn’t mean what Obama thinks it does. Rewarding a man who incited violence seems odd while speaking about keeping political discourse to a “battle of ideas.”
Maybe it’s not so odd though, when you consider the fact that this particular convicted felon has been to the White House 342 times over the past several years, with at least 42 of those visits being directly with President Obama.
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