Former President Barack Obama weighed in Thursday in a big way on the upcoming French presidential election, endorsing Emmanuel Macron over right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen in a video statement.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama is back from his post-presidency vacation, and the first order of business for his new shadow government is to meddle in the sovereign elections in France for their next president. Do you think he sent operatives over there to cause trouble like he did when he sent his thugs to Israel to try and stop Netanyahu? One can only assume he has. Why does he want to stop Marine Le Pen? Because she is the people’s candidate, they call her the French Donald Trump. If France were smart, they would elect Marine Le Pen in a landslide.
The ex-U.S. president already had spoken by phone with the center-left Macron late last month, in an early indication of his support. But Obama openly endorsed ahead of Sunday’s closely watched runoff.
“I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about,” Obama said, in a web video tweeted Thursday by Macron.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 4, 2017
Obama, in the video, said Macron has “stood up for liberal values” and praised his vision for the role France plays in Europe and around the world.
Obama has quite the history of interfering in the fair and free elections of other nations:
According to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), the State Department gave $349,276 in U.S. taxpayer-funded grants to a political group in Israel to build a campaign operation, which subsequently was used to try to influence Israelis to vote against conservative Benjamin Netanyahu in the March 2015 election for prime minister.
In the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report about the State Department’s action, Chairman Bob Portman (R-Ohio) said, “It is completely unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to build a political campaign infrastructure that was deployed — immediately after the grant ended — against the leader [Netanyahu] of our closest ally in the Middle East. American resources should be used to help our allies in the region, not undermine them.”
Le Pen has been a fierce critic of the European Union, and wants to curb immigration. In a debate Wednesday, she reportedly blasted Macron as beholden to big business and called herself “the candidate of the people.” She also cast her rival as soft on Islamic extremism.
Obama said Macron “appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears … I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward.” source