House Minority Whip Steve Scalise has said that Republicans “never disrespected the office” when Obama was president, according to The Washington Post.
“We had disagreements with a lot of Barack Obama’s policies, but we never disrespected the office,” Scalise said. This comment came a day after Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) sad that Trump was the “occupant of the White House.”
“I called him president of the United States, as we all did,” Scalise said. “If he asked us to go meet with him at the White House, we went. We expressed our disagreements in a respectful way, but what they continue to do to go after him personally, to call for impeachment of the president from day one ...”
In fact, Republicans did not always respect President Obama. In 2011, the New York Times reported: “Congressional Republicans have turned down requests for White House meetings, refused to return the president’s call and walked out of budget talks. [And] Speaker John A. Boehner became what historians say was the first ever to tell a sitting president that no, he could not deliver an address to a joint session of Congress on the date of his choice.”
Also in 2011, Representative Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) called President Obama a “tar baby.” He later apologized.
In 2012, Representative Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Obama should be sent “home to Kenya.”
In 2016, Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) prayed that Obama’s “days [in the White House] be few, and let another have his office.”
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