McConnell Rebukes Obama: 'Should’ve Kept His Mouth Shut'

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Posted: May 13, 2020 7:45 AM
McConnell Rebukes Obama: 'Should’ve Kept His Mouth Shut'

Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rebuked former President Obama over his recent criticisms of President Trump and his administration, saying he should have “kept his mouth shut.”

“We know he doesn’t like much this administration’s been doing,” Kentucky Republican told Lara Trump during an online fundraiser on Monday. “That’s understandable. But I think it’s a little bit classless, frankly, to critique an administration that comes after you. You had your shot, you were there for eight years."

McConnell said Obama should've followed the precedent Bush 41 and Bush 43 set of not critiquing one's successors. 

Obama reportedly told former staffers during a private call that the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been an “absolute chaotic disaster.”

He encouraged those on the call to be more engaged with the Biden campaign. 

"This election that's coming up -- on every level -- is so important because what we're going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party," Obama said. "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."

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