Obama Mocks Trump Over NYT Op-Ed: ‘Not How Our Democracy’s Supposed to Work’

As Barack Obama condemned the Republican Party on Friday for what it has become under Donald Trump, he invoked the source of his successor’s biggest headache for the last few days.

During his fiery speech in Illinois, Obama took on conservative members of Congress who have admitted Trump is “kind of crazy,” but back him up anyway instead of acting as checks and balances. From there, Obama then invoked the New York Times op-ed written by a mysterious “senior Trump official” who describes a “resistance” within the government to stop the president from acting upon his worst impulses.

“The claim that everything will turn out okay because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren’t following the president’s orders. That is not a check. I’m being serious here. That’s not how our democracy’s supposed to work. These people aren’t elected, they’re not accountable, they’re not doing us a service by actively promoting 90% of the crazy stuff that’s coming out of this White House, and then saying, ‘don’t worry, we’re preventing the other 10%.’ That’s not how things are supposed to work. This is not normal. These are extraordinary times and they’re dangerous times.”

Obama concluded this segment by saying the key to the restoration of “sanity” in politics lies in the midterm elections.

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