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This Cuba Deal Reversal Is Bad, But I’m More Creeped Out By How Obsessed Donald Trump Is With President Obama

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We have a few years worth of proof that Barack Obama is leasing prime real estate in Donald Trump’s Cheeto-adjacent brain. Beginning, of course, with the birther fiasco — the transparently racist pseudo controversy that made Trump a viable political figure and reminded us that Capital Letter Whiteness, if believing your Black ass to be a threat, will literally conjure shit about you out of thin air to satiate its nefarious thirst for racial hierarchy. His entire campaign and platform was basically just him touring the country with a WWBD (What Wouldn’t Barack Do) t-shirt. And since he’s been in office, the obsession with Obama has become even more conspicuous. Every week brings a new repeal of an Obama measure or reversal of an Obama policy. He even invited the heads of every HBCU to the White House for some ill-fated Obama-shaming photo opp, despite the fact that this nigga can’t even spell HBCU without a Lego teleprompter.

Earlier today, Trump continued his creepy infatuation with his predecessor, announcing a new Cuba policy that either stalls or outright cancels much of the progress Obama made with the nation. Of course, the White House is spinning this as some sort of humanitarian altruism.

For nearly six decades, the Cuban people have suffered under communist domination,” Trump said in Miami on Friday. “To this day, Cuba is ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to spread their repressive and failed ideology throughout our hemisphere and who once tried to host enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our shores.”

They even released Marco Rubio from the dungeon he’s been locked in since the election to make a statement. You can even picture Trump screaming “Bring out the gimp!”

“A year and a half ago a president, an American president landed in Havana to outstretch his hand to a regime. Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba,” Rubio said.

This rationale would seem to be consistent with America’s annoying tendency to bludgeon the world with democracy-by-White-savoring. We’re basically Leigh Anne Tuohy to Cuba’s Michael Oher. But this is nothing but Trump seeing that President Obama did a thing that people appreciated, and getting his knickers all twisted because of it. He’s like a boyfriend who’s so jealous of his girl’s ex that he sees an old pic of them together at a restaurant, gets beet red, and says “There will be no more forks in this house! Or spoons. Or food!”

You can only wonder how deep this obsession is. Does he try to get Botswana erased from the map because it rhymes with Obama? Does he refuse to say his name in private; choosing to just refer to Obama as “him over there”? Did he run out and cop a pair of Kyrie 3s to play golf in, just because Obama famously hooped in Costco Force Ones and he wants to stunt on his shoe game? Or is this infatuation more like a fatal attraction where Trump sleeps with a wax Obama mask every night? (Which might be why Melania couldn’t even sleep in the same state as this nigga.)

I’m gonna stop asking these questions, because we already know the answers to them.

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  • Effrom Robinson

    Seeing the attack on Obama policies and the acquittal of Philando Castile’s murderer, I just can’t today. Whiteness is a disease that is destroying this country. The reality: white mediocrity hates to be upstaged by black excellence.

    • Brown Rose

      Yes. What has been happening the 15 months before Trump’s win and where we are now, it disgusts me on a level I can’t even begin to calculate. White people are still at the top globally and it is never enough. We are on this trajectory now and frankly I think it will take decades for the damage to be undone.

    • grownandsexy2

      “The reality: white mediocrity hates to be upstaged by black excellence.”


    • Misty Shakleford

      You said that perfectly. The last line should be crosstitched onto pillows.

  • ladyfresh

    Take it from the NYr. Dude has always been creepy.

  • BrothasKeeper

    And like a dirty mack on the sideline waiting for you to part ways with a woman you were just on the dance floor with, enter Russia, who has forgiven all Cuban debt.

    • Kylroy

      Man, Putin’s “Party Like it’s 1969” life ambitions are succeeding beyond his wildest dreams.

      • BrothasKeeper

        You can’t tell Vlad shyt! Everything has gone as planned!

      • Val

        Putin is struggling. All that money being spent in Syria when the Russian economy is one sanction away from collapse. Not good.

        • Kylroy

          I keep reading that Putin is in trouble at home, but I have no idea what him losing power would look like besides chaos.

          • Val

            Someone else is waiting in the wings. Always.

            • Kylroy

              I just don’t know how much different that person would be. If at all.

              • Val

                Hard to be worse than Putin, but it’s possible.

                • Kylroy

                  Easily. Putin wants to reassemble the USSR – he’s concerned with the US mostly insofar as it prevents that goal. Replace him with someone whose primary aim is to see the US suffer, and it gets worse.

    • JulianWithTheRedCorvette

      Russia, China, India…as Trump is steadily turning the US more parochial, all of these Joe @ss nxggas are sliding into America’s former sphere of influence, whispering “All the things your man won’t do…I’ll do them for you.”

      • Val

        They’ve been doing that for a while now, especially China, the difference is because of Trump, they are finally listening.

      • Kylroy

        We’ve had a bipolar or unipolar international scene for all of living memory. The idea that there may finally be no one or two states touching everything, everywhere, is starting to break through to governments.

  • Brown Rose

    Mediocrity is why there so much pushback and roll back of Obama’s policies. And the pathetic part is that Obama wasn’t even Liberal. He made incremental changes in the hopes that the president after him would keep the momentum. I think he was foolish enough to believe that the white hatred that was the bane of his presidency would eventually dissipate.

    Trump is emotionally, mentally, and psychology bankrupt and stunted that he can’t abide that any Black person is smarter, better looking and just more well liked than him. Trump sense of injury that a Black person is superior feeds into every white person who believes that the Black person who is #winning is impeding their rise to greatness. His bottomless pettiness, vindictinvess and small mindedness has ensured that America is now a global laughingstock and I am sure those white people don’t care because seeing a Black person humiliated and denigrated is better than any cultural and social sanction from these effete countries out there.

    • Val

      President Obama’s problem was he was an habitual appeaser. I saw it from the moment he had that ridiculous beer at the White House thing with that goon cop. He should have said eff all of them and went full speed ahead. And also, he followed President Clinton’s lead and was a moderate Republican.

      • Brown Rose

        Unfortunately that is Obama’s nature. It was right there in his books that this is how he solves problems. This is who he was. By attempting to come to consensus, logic and thinking that people were as reasonable as he was. He was also working doubly hard not be seen as the angry Black man because he knew that scares white people. What he wouldn’t see until it was far too late is that he not only to act and sound perfect but that even that wasn’t enough–and it didn’t matter. The racism against Black is so strong that it didn’t matter what he did–whites and other non-Blacks would always loathe him.

  • L8Comer

    Interesting… I always thought the warming of Cuban relations of was to save the US from being isolated. Apparently the US (and Canada?) was left out of hemispheric talks about the drug war, Cuban relations, and some other issues… they were being pushed out and embraced Cuba to avoid being isolated. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the hemisphere responds to this.

    • “M”

      ” I always thought the warming of Cuban relations of was to save the US from being isolated.”

      Well, exactly.

      If you believe that’s a good idea you can’t then wave your fist in the air and scream-howl “AMERICA FIRST!!111!” anymore.

  • Erin

    NOTHING makes mediocre white people more upset than successful, educated black men and women. It goes against everything that white supremacy is built on and it frightens them to their core.

  • NomadaNare

    I was just thinking that before reading this

    Trump seems uber interested not in leading but reversing whatever Obama has done and theres really not a clear reason why

    • Val

      Makes the Deplorables happy. That is until they realize it will negatively affect them.

      • “M”

        Even then they think they’ll be happy being miserable if it means we’d have less.

  • NonyaB?

    Y’all are missing a key part of this and all his other policies: Grand theft. This policy is structured such that his hotel business rivals who are already in Cuba will suffer while his hotels will stealthily move in. Yes, this devil’s ånus is propelled by bigotry but please rest assured that he’II fleece you at every turn.

  • rikyrah

    When you are an inadequate Mediocre White Man, who thinks that he is better than he is…
    And the far superior Black Man, who made Presidenting look easy….
    OF COURSE, he is obsessed with 44.
    They all are.
    By they I mean Mayo Nation ?
    Karma is wicked, unforgiving and a straight up bitch.
    In their desperation to attempt to wipe out the accomplishments of 44..

    By electing Dolt45…they have cemented 44’s place in history.
    Their vessel for White Supremacy is an international embarrassment.

    • Kelly Kell

      Dolt45 tho lol

    • Wild Cougar

      Going from an Harvard educated constitutional professor to a dumb orange sociopath is the definition of cutting off your nose to spite your face

      • “M”

        I think I’m going to cross-stitch this and put it up on my wall.

  • Camille

    I’m still struck by the fact that he felt the need to plagiarize Obama’s cake. Poor guy.

    • Blue Skies Bring Tears

      The cake! How pathetic do you have to be to copy your predecessor’s cake. His Obama obsession must consume him.

      I hope history will remember him exactly as he is.

      • “M”

        So … I’m not the only one who thought that was some of the worst copycatting ever.
        (I mean, right after Melania stole FLOTUS Esq.’s speech. /these people)

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