Former President Barack Obama held a conference call over the weekend with “alumni” members of his White House administration in which he attacked President Trump’s handling of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the investigation of General Michael Flynn.
A copy of the audio was evidently leaked to Yahoo News and conservatives were quick to criticize the 44th President’s rhetoric as Obama says he is “pretty darn invested” in the election and much more.
Here is the transcript of the call:
“The degree to which the news over the last 24 hours, I think has been somewhat downplayed about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn. And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who’s been charged with perjury, just getting off scot-free. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic, not just institutional norms, but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly, as we’ve seen in other places.
So I am hoping that all of you feel the same sense of urgency that I do. Whenever I campaigned I’ve always said, “Ah, this is the most important election,” especially, obviously, when I was on the ballot. That always feels like it’s the most important election. This one, I’m not on the ballot, but I am pretty darn invested. We got to make this happen.
The election that’s coming up on every level so important, because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party, but what we’re fighting against is these long term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy, that has become a stronger impulse in American life.
By the way, we’re seeing that internationally as well and it’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty. It would have been bad, even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset of what’s in it for me and to heck with everybody else, when that mindset is operationalized in our government.
So that’s why I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden.”
The part about Flynn committing perjury, which means lying under oath, is not accurate as the Lt. General pled guilty to “lying to the FBI” which he has since withdrawn.
Obama’s comments come as he takes an unprecedented role in a post-presidency election as speculation continues to swirl over whether or not Joe Biden will select former First Lady Michelle Obama as his running mate in his quest for the White House.
Listen to the leaked audio for yourself below: