Do you know the meaning of #Obamagate? Well, it’s not just an explicit term but carries several implications as over the past weeks, US President Donald Trump has been proactive to tout various conspiracy theories against former president Barack Obama.
Side-tracking the due attention
It’s been promoted as the new strategy to earn support for his conservative party while Trump has equally tried to project the speculative Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a different light to distract the population from the ongoing mismanagement of the current pandemic. Recently, there has been a bombardment of bad news coming from the health and economic departments who have been incapable to tackle the crisis tactfully at present.
Was it witty enough to believe people?
On May 10, Trump shared his tweet for about 126 times, some in all caps about ‘OBAMAGATE’ that he failed to support with further evidence. At a time when over 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment claims in the last few months arising from the imposed lockdown on the nation, Trump has desperately tried to accuse Obama in several stances just to overturn his early presidency which came out bold in his adoption of the word.
Afterwards, on May 15, he declared saying that Obamagate is the “greatest political scandal in the history of the US”.
How intense was the charge?
In fact, Trump has clearly labelled the lawsuit of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn alleging that the “unmasking” of the personality as part of legal US surveillance of foreign targets was simply triggered for a criminal purpose. His followers also pointed it out as the required proof of the motif of Obama’s supporters to degrade Trump from the very beginning of his tenure.
Indeed, many have interpreted Obamagate as Trump’s surfacing tactic to challenge his political oppositions aimed to enhance his reelection bid in the upcoming November elections.