Analysis: Obama and Trump intensify their battle over democracy


No modern former commanders in chief have been so present or outspoken about politics, or each other, after returning to private life. But the 44th and 45th Presidents just renewed their battle over the country’s political lifeblood — democracy — which has rarely faced a graver assault than from Trump’s election fraud lies.

And even though a new President, Joe Biden, is now in office, his immediate predecessors — who revile one another but will be forever linked in history — still embody the dominant forces tearing at the nation.

The former President warned the Republican Party that sought to neuter his presidency had taken a much darker turn as many of its key lawmakers now support Trump’s falsehoods about non-existent electoral fraud and whitewash his role in inciting an insurrection against Congress on January 6.

“We have to worry,” Obama said, “when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that…

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