In fact, Trump has spent the last three and a half years undoing what President Obama accomplished to protect our citizens from the police.

Courtesy of NBC News

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that his predecessor did not take action on reforming police — even though it was under Trump that several Obama-era changes were scrapped.

“President Obama and Vice President Biden never even tried to fix this during their eight-year period. The reason they didn’t try is they had no idea how to do it,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden before he signed an executive order that encourages police departments to adopt high standards, like banning chokeholds unless the life of the officer is at risk, and to create a database of excessive force complaints.

But Obama, the nation’s first Black president, who confronted and addressed race and racism frequently, did take action to reform police and try to reduce bias in law enforcement. The Trump administration is well aware of that, too: It unraveled those changes.

In August 2017, Trump reversed an Obama policy that banned the military from selling surplus equipment to police, a measure that had been put in place amid criticism over the armored vehicles, tear gas and assault rifles used to control protests after the police killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.

In addition, in September 2017, the Justice Department said it would stop the Obama-era practice of investigating police departments and issuing public reports about their failings. For example, the Justice Department had investigated the Ferguson Police Department and found unconstitutional, unlawful and racist behavior and policing within the department.

Those reports were used to demand change and negotiate consent decrees, legal agreements between local police and the Justice Department mandating reforms enforceable by courts.

When he served as Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions made it clear early on that he opposed consent decrees like the one struck in Ferguson, and he ordered a review of the Justice Department’s more than a dozen consent decrees. Sessions said they “reduced morale”of police.

Keep in mind that there was much more the Obama Administration wanted to accomplish concerning police reform but they were fighting against entrenched GOP opposition. 

And then when Trump took office he made it a point to undo everything that Obama did manage to accomplish in the are of police reform. 

This is just like when Trump defunded the Obama Administration’s pandemic response plan and then tried to blame President Obama for not preparing the country for the Coronavirus. 

Don’t allow yourself to be confused, the problems facing this country right now are solely the fault of the man currently in the White House, and any attempt by him to blame others is simply a coward’s response to the responsibilities of a job he was never fit to hold in the first place.