WASHINGTON – It might seem outrageous and unprecedented that a newly departed president would devote himself to overthrowing his successor, but that is exactly what a mountain of growing evidence appears to indicate.
"Obama's goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment," the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
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The source also told the paper that Obama loathes President Trump and considers his presidency illegitimate.
"Obama is dismayed at the way Trump is tearing down his legacy – Obamacare, the social safety net and the welcome mat for refugees he put in place," the source told the paper.
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The Mail is hardly the only source reporting moves by the former president and his allies against the Trump administration.
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The following is a list of what has been publicly reported, by WND and others, about what Obama is trying to do to oppose -- many say destroy -- the Trump presidency and how he is doing it:
1) Obama is using his new mansion, just two miles from the White House, as his headquarters in his insurgency against Trump.
2) Obama's shadow White House has a taxpayer-funded office, a chief of staff and press secretary.
3) He is working behind the scenes to set up a shadow government to protect his legacy and sabotage the incoming administration.
4) A family source said Obama was reluctant to lead the opposition to Trump because he was "weary and burned out." But top adviser Valerie Jarrett convinced him it was the only way to salvage his legacy.
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5) The source said, "Obama doesn't make a decision without her," and he has now embraced his new role leading the campaign to sabotage the administration because he loathes Trump, whose presidency he considers illegitimate.
6) To guide and counsel Obama, Jarrett has moved into his 8,200-square-foot, $5.3-million mansion.
7) According to the source, Michelle Obama and Jarrett will strategize to topple Trump.
8) The former first lady and the Obama Foundation will both have offices in the mansion. Presumably, Jarrett will, too.
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9) Obama will implement his plans through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action, or OFA, the organization that grew out of his campaign group, Organizing for America.
10) That will give Obama a virtual army of agitators and organizers at is disposal. Federal tax records show OFA has 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Another 25,000 are actively under training.
11) OFA has more than 250 offices across the country.
12) OFA is equipped with Obama’s 2012 campaign database, which it will use to rally resistance to Trump and get out the vote for Democratic Party candidates.
13) OFA is registered as a "social welfare" non-profit 501(c)(4), that doesn’t have to disclose its donors. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since 2013.
14) OFA volunteers are professionally trained organizers who go through a six-week training program that includes Alinsky agitation tactics. OFA is run by ex-Obama officials and staffers.
15) OFA plans to stage 400 rallies across 42 states this year to attack Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare.
16) Obama appeared to be behind anti-Trump protests. He praised demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban. And, after the election he personally rallied OFA troops to protect his legacy in a conference call. "Now is the time for some organizing," he said. "So don’t mope" over the election results."
17) After Trump's victory, Obama also promised OFA activists he would soon join them in the battle. “Understand that I’m going to be constrained in what I do with all of you until I am again a private citizen, but that’s not so far off,” he said. “You’re going to see me early next year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”
18) He also said, "I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best time to share them."
19) Since the election, OFA has added staff and accelerated its recruitment of liberal activists.
20) OFA promises to fight Trump on illegal immigration, Obamacare, race relations and climate change.
21) Some of the anti-Trump marches organized by OFA across the country turned into riots.
22) OFA is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists.
23) The manual is published with OFA newly formed partner "Indivisible," and advises protesters to go town halls held by GOP lawmakers, blend in, then protest.
24) OFA is working with Indivisible to conduct online training for protesters.
25) Indivisible leaders are associated with groups financed by radical leftist billionaire George Soros.
26) An OFA post on Facebook called on activists to mobilize against Republicans until Feb. 26, when “representatives are going to be in their home districts.”
27) The protesters disrupted town halls including one held in Utah by House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who was confronted by hundreds of angry protesters claiming to be his constituents.
28) The manual advised protesters to spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposed the Republican host’s positions. It said, "This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus." It also urged them to ask "hostile" questions – while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” – and loudly boo the GOP politician.
29) An audio recording obtained by a Louisiana radio station documented that progressive activists plotted to take over a town hall meeting held by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Activists were instructed to dress like conservatives and leave at home "any signifier that you’re a liberal in order to blend in."
30) The station identified one of the voices on the recording as James Proctor, a leader of Indivisible Acadiana, a local branch of the national Indivisible organization, which has organized hostile Republican town halls all around the country.
31) Protesters were advised to send video footage to local and national media. “Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republican lawmakers, the manual said, when “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.”
32) Protesters gave networks footage of their confrontations with Chaffetz, forcing him to issue statements defending himself.
33) A study by the Media Research Center found that 88 percent of the broadcast news coverage of the Trump administration was “hostile” during the first 30 days of office. The study analyzed both tone and content for evening newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS.
34) A script in the training manual advised callers to complain: "I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president." But the document provided no evidence to support the accusations.
35) The manual also advised protesters to flood lawmakers’ offices with phone calls and emails demanding the resignation of top White House adviser Steve Bannon.
36) Protesters also stormed Republicans' district offices. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., blamed a mob of anti-Trump activists for knocking unconscious a 71-year-old female staffer at his Southern California office.
37) Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said he was certain the former president and elements of the Democratic Party were behind the protests because they have been too organized and too professional to be random eruptions of grass-roots discontent. “Obama. George Soros money, I’m certain, is involved," he said. "They also discuss how to play up to the media, and they illustrate that the media’s not very hard to convince. The media is on their side. The media is only too eager to cooperate, as we know.”
38) Trump agreed Obama was probably behind the protests. "Well, you never know what’s exactly happening behind the scenes," Trump said. "You know, you’re probably right, or possibly right, but you never know. No, I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it. And the 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."
39) Limbaugh said, "Hedge funds and Hollywood are assisting him (Obama), so there is money and propaganda on his side. ABC is among the worst in the mainstream media, which is a total disgrace for Disney."
40) Limbaugh also noted that impeachment talk is being used by Democrats to derail Trump: "Now, they don’t have the numbers in Congress to pull it off, but can you imagine if Democrat House managers even start breathing the word seriously? The media is gonna be all over it! The media’s gonna eat it up! The media’s gonna be asking Republicans, 'Why aren’t you joining the Democrats? Don’t you understand? This is a serious movement to impeach the president. He’s doing great damage to the country.' I can see it all now."
41) "Obama has circumvented the Democrats with [Organizing for America] and has established a clandestine unaccountable political party taking money from questionable people," said Martin Armstrong, whose Armstrong Economics provides commentary on a wide range of issues extending beyond economics, including history, global warming, real estate and world events.
42) Armstrong added: "Obama is behind the effort to derail and block the Trump administration on everything. However, Obama may be sowing the seeds of the destruction of the Democratic Party altogether. Those who think Obama is not behind this coup are blinded by their bias."
43) Armstrong explained that Obama "is deliberately trying to create an uprising and is side-stepping the Democratic Party himself because they will not agree with his agenda."
44) At the same time, Obama is said to be angling for control over the party by installing his former civil rights chief, Tom Perez, as the newly elected head of the Democratic National Committee. Perez vowed, "It’s time to organize and fight ... We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments," while also promising, "We’re going to build the strongest grassroots organizing force this country has ever seen."
45) OFA is working with the Obama Foundation, run by Obama’s former political director, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, or NDRC, launched recently by Obama former attorney general Eric Holder, to end what he and Obama call GOP "gerrymandering" of congressional districts and to try to redraw the districts in a way more favorable to Democrats to increase their members in Congress.
46) Holder said he had discussed Obama fundraising for the NDRC and interacting with state lawmakers on the group’s behalf.
47) Spokesman Jared Leopold described the tax-exempt NDRC as a "super group" that brings together the efforts of the Democratic Governors Association, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC.
48) On Tuesday, Holder promised Democrats that Obama is getting ready for a public return to politics. "It's coming. He’s coming," Holder said while discussing NDRC, which Obama asked him to chair last year. "And he’s ready to roll," and "will be a more visible part of the effort," Holder added.
49) Obama signaled his intention before leaving the White House last fall, saying that his post-presidency focus would be on general assembly races and redistricting after the 2020 Census, trying to recapture some of the enormous number of seats Democrats lost at the state level during his presidency.
50) Obama said in September, "Once out of office, I’m gonna stop being polite and start getting real."
51) Obama hinted that he planned to start speaking out more like an activist than a president. There are "things," he said in an interview, "that in some ways I suspect I’m able to do better out of this office." He elaborated that because of the "institutional constraints" of the presidency, "there are things I cannot say."
52) Obama went on to essentially say he would be an activist after leaving office. "There are institutional obligations I have to carry out that are important for a president of the United States to carry out, but may not always align with what I think would move the ball down the field on the issues that I care most deeply about," he said.
53) Then, in his final news conference as president, Obama vowed to take action if President Trump dared to "round up" children of illegal immigrants, "roll back voting rights" or engage in "systemic discrimination.”
54) Obama also indicated he would take a more activist role to defend "core values that may be at stake" under a Trump administration. "The reason that we are the only country among advanced democracies that makes it harder to vote, it traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery," he said.
55) Obama warned Trump not to roll back his executive actions. During his campaign for president, Trump promised to "cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama." Obama also lectured Trump about the use of executive orders, telling the incoming president to avoid taking unilateral action.
56) The Obama administration apparently spied on Trump’s presidential campaign and transition team. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he was concerned by the extent of surveillance but not completely surprised, because he "suspected that they were going to do that anyways." Anonymous sources have been feeding information to the New York Times suggesting the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials, including intelligence agents.
57) In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election – and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians – across the government.
58) Those sources from the Obama administration claimed Trump’s statements stoked fears among some that intelligence could be covered up or destroyed – or its sources exposed – once power changed hands. So they reportedly pushed to preserve the alleged intelligence.
59) Obama White House officials took steps to ensure that as many people as possible inside government could see the intelligence.
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60) The sources claimed to suspect the Trump campaign might have colluded with Russia on election email hacks, but the Times also reported that American officials acknowledged there is not confirmation of that.
61) The Times reported some officials began asking specific questions at intelligence briefings, knowing the answers would be archived and could be easily unearthed by investigators – including the Senate Intelligence Committee, which in early January announced an inquiry into Russian efforts to influence the election.
62) Intelligence agencies kept the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government – and, in some cases, among European allies.
63) There was also an effort to pass reports and other sensitive materials to Congress.
64) In the weeks before the assessment was released in January, the intelligence community combed through databases for an array of communications and other information and began producing reports that showed there were contacts during the campaign between Trump associates and Russian officials. However, the Times acknowledged, the nature of the contacts remains unknown, and several of Trump’s associates have done business in Russia, and it was unclear if any of the contacts were related to business dealings.