President Trump has decided not to unveil the portrait of his predecessor, Barack Obama, breaking a 40-year tradition.
For years, first-term presidents have held ceremonies in the East Room of the White House to unveil the portraits of their immediate predecessors. Obama held a ceremony for George W. Bush in 2012.
Sources say that Obama wouldn’t be interested in attending such an event, even if it were to happen.
So #Trump, who stoked “birtherism” lunacy v the first Black #POTUS, was sued 4 house discrimination & vilified ppl of color won’t hang #Obama portrait. Anyone surprised? “White House portrait ceremony may be the latest casualty of the political divide” https://t.co/tVD61hVbLl
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) May 19, 2020
The relationship between Obama and Trump is possibly the most contentious, as recently Trump has made baseless accusations that Obama committed an unspecified crime. Before he became president, Trump also spent a lot of time perpetrating a conspiracy theory about Obama’s birth place.
Trump has even criticized Obama for the issues his administration has faced during the coronavirus pandemic.
Obama has tried his best to avoid the spotlight or speak out against his successor, but recently, in his speech for 2020 graduates, he made a rare criticism:
“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
Trump refusing to reveal Obama’s presidential portrait isn’t “the latest casualty of the political divide.” It is, at best, a tantrum. At worst? An evangelist of white supremacy refuses, yet again, to allow that anyone but a white man can hold that office. https://t.co/KiuGs2e3ra
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 19, 2020
Even if it were to happen, the current pandemic would certainly cause the ceremony to look different from what it usually is.
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