This was such a strange thing to say.
Just before former President Barack Obama left the White House after Donald Trump won the presidential election, Obama held a private interview with reporters where said that he was worried about “a breakdown of democratic norms” if Trump was to serve a second term as president.
According to the Washington Examiner, On Jan. 17, 2021, Obama held another off-the-record interview with reporters where he discussed a number of topics including how Trump was elected president over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
After the election Obama explained to reporters that he was most worried about “preserving the democratic process.”
Obama told reporters, “I think four years is OK. Take on some water, but we can kind of bail fast enough to be OK. Eight years would be a problem. I would be concerned about a sustained period in which some of these norms have broken down and started to corrode.”
Obama then told reporters that the American people didn’t trust the media and that they needed to “focus” when it came to reporting on Donald Trump.
Obama stated, “I think if you’re jumping after every insult or terrible thing or bit of rudeness that he’s doing and just chasing that, I think there’s a little bit of a three-card Monte there that you have to be careful about. I think you have to focus on a couple of things that are really important and just stay on them and drive them home.”
He later referred to Republicans as shameless and it was a trait that Democrats did not have.
Obama also pressed on reporters to focus on key issues such as climate change, women’s rights, human rights, and LGBT rights.
It’s very interesting to see just how much influence former President Barack Obama has over American media.