In normal times, this should have been the peak of the campaign season with President Trump vs former vice president Joe Biden courting voters from coast to coast.
But with campaign events and even primaries cancelled or postponed, amid the pandemic.
The slugfest has shifted between Trump and his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Trump has been ramping up his attacks on the former president by constantly tweeting Obamagate, as he alleges that Obama was the most corrupt president in history.
Trump has claimed without evidence that Obama had committed unspecified crimes.
Many of Trump’s supporters have also clamored for criminal inquiries into Obama and Biden for what they say are unspecified abuses during the investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
When recently asked on what crimes he thinks should be charged against Obama, Trump did not give a clear response.
But on Monday, no less than the Atty. General William Barr declared that neither Obama nor Biden would be investigated.
“As long as I’m attorney general, the criminal justice system will not be used for partisan political ends. And this is especially true for the upcoming elections in November.”
“As to President Obama and vice president Biden, whatever their level of involvement, based on the information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man.”
Over the weekend, Obama made a rare public appearance as he gave online speeches for virtual graduation ceremonies.
He took some time as well to criticize current leaders for how they’ve handled the pandemic. Though he didn’t name Trump, many seemed to understand who Obama’s target was as he was giving advice to graduates on how to live their lives as future leaders of the country.
“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy – that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way – which is why things are so screwed up.”
Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us — sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed — and set the world on a different path,
Upon his arrival at the White House on Monday, Trump was asked to respond to Obama’s presumed criticism of him, and Trump had this to say.
For his part, Trump believes that he’s leading the country to the right track — as he continues to push for the reopening of states amid the pandemic.
Trump even applauded protesters who are calling for the immediate easing of restrictions.
But health officials have warned of a surge in infections if guidelines are not followed.
True enough — in Butte County, Calif. — more than 100 people have been potentially infected with COVID-19 after one churchgoer who attended a mother’s day service was found positive for virus.
As of Monday, the U.S. has close to 1.5 million cases of COVID-19 with nearly 90,000 deaths.
(Cover photo: U.S. President Donald Trump departs after revealing that he is taking daily hydroxycholoroquine doses at the conclusion of a coronavirus pandemic meeting with restaurant executives and industry leaders in the State Dining Room at the White House. Reuters/Leah Millis