Former President Barack Obama on Friday criticized the claims of an anonymous New York Times op-ed, which said many staffers are “working diligently from within” to keep President Donald Trump from enacting damaging policies.
“That is not a check, I’m being serious here. That’s not how our democracy’s supposed to work,” Obama said while speaking at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign. “These people aren’t elected. They aren’t accountable. They’re not doing us a service by actively promoting 90 percent of the crazy stuff that’s coming out of this White House and then saying, ‘Don’t worry, we’re preventing the other 10 percent.’ That’s not how things are supposed to work. This is not normal.”