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Obama, Whose Allies Falsely Blamed Romney for Woman’s Death, Warns of Politics by ‘Fear’

The ex-president is on a high horse over the use of "fear" in politics, but his hands are far from clean on the matter.

By NTK Staff | 06.29.2018 @9:00am
Obama, Whose Allies Falsely Blamed Romney for Woman’s Death, Warns of Politics by ‘Fear’

President Obama made rare public comments Thursday at a DNC event, and part of his remarks were focused on rejecting the use of “fear” in politics.

Politico reported:

“Fear is powerful,” Obama said. “Telling people that somebody’s out to get you, or somebody took your job, or somebody has it out for you, or is going to change you, or your community, or your way of life — that’s an old story and it has shown itself to be powerful in societies all around the world. It is a deliberate, systematic effort to tap into that part of our brain that carries fear in it.”

Some may be able to make the case that President Trump is relying too much on “fear” in his day-to-day politics. But Obama’s hands are far from clean when it comes to using fear as a political device.

This is the man whose 2012 presidential campaign allies actually accused his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, of causing a woman’s premature death.

An ad from a pro-Obama super PAC suggests that Mitt Romney is responsible for a woman’s death.

The TV ad by Priorities USA Action has Joe Soptic, who has been used in Obama campaign ads, telling the story of what happened to his wife after Mitt Romney’s company, Bain Capital, closed the GST Steel plant where Soptic worked until 2001.

PolitiFact ruled against Team Obama, even as the fact-checker claimed “Bain profited while many people suffered.”

We believe Romney bears responsibility for the general practices of Bain Capital and the record is clear that in Kansas City, Bain profited while many people suffered. But there is little to support the ad’s innuendo that Bain is responsible for the early death of the steel worker’s wife.

Politico was also the outlet to report, in September 2012, on the “unequal distribution of personal putdowns” in the race.

…Obama and his aides have used an arsenal of techniques — personal ridicule, suggestions of ethical misdeeds and aspersions against Romney’s patriotism — that many voters and commentators claim to abhor, even as the tactics have regularly proved effective.

The unequal distribution of personal putdowns — Obama and his team indulging in them far more frequently than Romney — has been largely obscured by two factors.

And Obama famously, and not so subtly, suggested in a debate that Romney was living in the Cold War by warning voters about threats from Russia.

There may be a case to make about politics by “fear,” in 2016, 2018, and beyond. President Obama may not be the one to make the case.

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