It’s deeply odd to me that Obama won’t go all the way and name Trump in this paragraph.
It’s even more bizarre given the rest of the statement. He has no problem directly identifying two of the other reasons for the increase in mass shootings generally and white nationalist terrorism specifically: America’s broken gun laws and the internet’s ability to spread hate. How clearly he names these two factors make the paragraph above all the more inexplicable to me.
I mean, like, he’s clearly talking about Trump in that first sentence, right? We all know that. Trump knows that. What exactly is spared by excluding Trump’s name? Beyond that, casting the current problem of white nationalist terrorism in a historical context is a very Obama stylistic flair, yet it also lacks coherency since he doesn’t name one of the primary catalysts of this new scourge: Trump’s rise and the normalization of outwardly racist statements in political discourse.
I don’t know. I get that Obama is trying to stay above attacking his replacement—this statement follows a long tradition of Obama implicitly criticizing Trump while not naming him directly—but doesn’t this moment demand more than this? How much longer can Obama’s subtweeting stay viable? What will the breaking point be?