Obama wasn’t divisive. He went out of his way to be a uniter, probably to a fault, and was LAMBASTED by the right wing press.
I made my case in the previous post; I have no interest in repeating myself.
In my view, Obama was an absolute champion at saying one thing and doing another. He was famous for his ‘straw men’ where he would say in a speech “Some people say that…..” which were always swipes at his political opponents, none (or few) of whom were saying what he said he was saying. He was deploying rhetorical bombs that went over the head of those who supported him and were willing to believe what he told them, but landed with a BOOM! in the laps of those who opposed him. The racial ones I listed previously were just the most obvious.
Just Google “Obama divisive” and you get pages of articles, many written by liberal writers in liberal sources, examining the question that of his divisiveness. The fact that he never acted or thought in a bipartisan way was not missed by his intellectually honest supporters. They (and you) may disagree on how egregious this behavior was, but that the behavior was there is beyond disputation.
The truth is that a lot of white people were deeply uncomfortable with having a black president.
Prove it. Show me data that indicates this. Until I see that data, and I’ve looked for it, this is opinion stated as fact. Obama’s color has nothing to do with the fact that the policies he supported throughout the eight years of his presidency were, for the most part, noxious to the current GOP membership. They would have been opposed regardless.
It’s a strategy they’ve used and continue to use to try to normalize their views and go more mainstream.
Good for them. Who cares? Richard Spencer’s little racist meeting that he’s held annually in DC for that last fifteen years has never grown; it attracts the same 200 — odd misfits every year. The number of Americans who are overt racists is rather small and rather old. (They’re also pretty well evenly distributed between the two parties, it should be said.) I’ve posted data from relevant sections of the General Social Survey in other posts that shows this; it’s not my opinion.