Donald Trump and the Republican Party are absolutely terrified of the National Rifle Association, but there’s one man on this earth that continues to be more of a threat — former President Barack Obama. Even after Obama left the White House, Trump and the GOP continue to bash him and envy the admiration he has among Americans (and around the world). Since Trump’s presidency, Obama has continued to conduct himself with class and stay out of the drama in Washington, but he always seems to make a splash no matter what. Obama’s latest classy move will have the GOP in fits.
TIME magazine has just released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in America right now, and TIME chose the Parkland shooting survivors — the biggest threat to the NRA and the GOP — to be on the list for their tireless work in pushing for gun reform. The Parkland students — Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and Alex Wind — were not only recognized, but it was none other than Obama who wrote a tribute to them in the magazine. The president wrote:
“America’s response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern. We mourn. Offer thoughts and prayers. Speculate about the motives. And then—even as no developed country endures a homicide rate like ours, a difference explained largely by pervasive accessibility to guns; even as the majority of gun owners support commonsense reforms—the political debate spirals into acrimony and paralysis.”
Obama is blatantly pointing out the fact that despite America’s cries for gun reform, the GOP continues to cater to the NRA and do nothing. Obama praised the Parkland survivors for not backing down:
“This time, something different is happening. This time, our children are calling us to account. The Parkland, Fla., students don’t have the kind of lobbyists or big budgets for attack ads that their opponents do. Most of them can’t even vote yet. But they have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints, outdated conventions and cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom. The power to insist that America can be better.”
Obama stated that he sees a strength in these students that the Republican Party and its president are desperately lacking:
“Our history is defined by the youthful push to make America more just, more compassionate, more equal under the law. This generation—of Parkland, of Dreamers, of Black Lives Matter—embraces that duty. If they make their elders uncomfortable, that’s how it should be. Our kids now show us what we’ve told them America is all about, even if we haven’t always believed it ourselves: that our future isn’t written for us, but by us.”
You can read Obama’s full statement about the Parkland survivors here, which is written with an elegance and grace that Trump can’t even get close to. To make matters even worse for the GOP, several of the students publicly thanked Obama, drawing even more attention to his words:
Obama’s words continue to prove that America is moving forward and will leave the GOP behind.
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