President Donald Trump is asserting that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, is the organizer of protests against Republicans across the country, and is behind leaks coming from holdover White House staff.
Trump recently sat down with “Fox and Friends,” where he was asked, “It turns out his organization seems to do a lot of these organizing to some of the protests that these Republicans are seeing around the country and against you. Do you believe President Obama is behind it, and if he is, is that a violation of the so-called unsaid presidents’ code?”
“I think he is behind it. I also think it’s politics, that’s the way it is,” Trump said. “I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it. And some of the leaks possibly come from that group, you know some of the leaks, which are really very serious leaks because they’re very bad in terms of national security. But I also understand that’s politics, and in terms of him being behind things, that’s politics, and it will probably continue.”
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper discussed the conspiracy theory on his own show. CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson seemed stunned and called it the “hidden hand of Obama.”
“I imagine we’ll hear this theory for a while in terms of blaming leaks out of the intelligence community,” she said. “In some ways, it borders on paranoia.”
Trump provided no evidence to back up his claim that Obama is behind the protests and the leaks.
CNN reported that Organizing for Action, the group formed from Obama’s campaign organization, has 14 professional organizers involved in teaching local activists skills to effectively vocalize opposition to the GOP’s top agenda items.
Earlier this month, Trump told Fox News that “Obama people” were behind leaks of reports of his combative calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.