Is Obama signaling that he is ready to take on Trump?

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Since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, many people have stated on social media that they will miss former President Obama. These people have a good reason for this statement because the Trump presidency from day one has caused havoc worldwide. His executive order on immigration literally stopped legitimate immigrants and regular visitors from entering the United States. However, the executive order was struck down by multiple federal judges who questioned the legality and constitutionality of it. Even Obama broke from tradition and spoke out against the order. The clamor for a movement against Trump and his policies has risen to a fever pitch and now it seems that Obama may enter the fray.

Obama recently signed a $60M book deal for his and Michelle’s memoirs of their days in the White House. In addition, former White House official and close friend of the Obamas, Valerie Jarrett, has moved into their new mansion in the upscale Kalorama section of Washington, D.C. Jarrett is considered a powerful figure in politics and her move into the home has many guessing about what’s next for Obama. Earlier this week, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said of Obama and his possible entry into the political fight, “He’s ready to roll.”

Obama will first take up the fight regarding voter suppression and disenfranchisement through racial gerrymandering in congressional districts. “This is really a battle for our democracy. The notion that people are denied their ability to cast a meaningful vote … is inconsistent with who we say we are, inconsistent with what we say our democracy is about,” Holder said.

Conservative websites are pushing a message that Obama is mounting some kind of insurgency against Trump that will lead to his impeachment. However, Obama has made no such statement and has encouraged people to continue peaceful protests against Trump and make their voice heard.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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