Former President of the United States Barack Obama has again criticized President Donald Trump and the management of the coronavirus and specifically “those who pretend to be in command.”
“This pandemic has finally lifted the veil on the idea that those in charge know what they are doing. Many of them are not even pretending to be in command,” Obama said during a teleconference speech on the progress of the black community.
Obama has highlighted that the coronavirus has disproportionately affected the black minority. “A disease like this highlights the inequalities and additional burdens that black communities in this country have historically had to face,” he argued.
Obama then referenced the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man who was killed while jogging on the street in Georgia. The two white men who attacked him were arrested last week after a video of his death went viral, though it occurred in late February.
“Just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog and some folks feel like they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning. Injustice like this isn’t new,” he said.
“No generation has been better positioned to be warriors for justice and remake the world,” Obama said. “Your participation in this democracy, your courage to stand up for what’s right, your willingness to forge coalitions, these actions will speak volumes. And if you’re inactive, that will also speak volumes.”
Thus, it has called on new graduates to take care of each other. “Our society and our democracy only works when we not only think of ourselves, but when we think of others,” he said.
On May 9th, Obama said that the management of the White House had been an “absolute chaotic disaster”, to which Trump responded saying that Obama had “no idea” during his 2009 “swine flu” disaster.
Obama criticized the “selfish” and “tribal” attitude of Trump, whom he accused of seeking enemies and of making it the “strongest impulse in the lives of Americans.”
The United States has confirmed 88,447 deaths and 1,463,350 confirmed cases of the new disease, in addition to 250,747 recovered patients, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.