Did Obama just interfere in Canada's internal affairs?

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Not sure yet what I think of it. A Tweet seems more or less harmless, in the scheme of things. But, yeah, when election integrity is at stake... Who knows...
 
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Not sure yet what I think of it. A Tweet seems more or less harmless, in the scheme of things. But, yeah, when election integrity is at stake... Who knows...
Yea it seems harmless but also possibly not a good idea considering how the media and others have accused Russia and Israel of endorsing various candidates in the US.
 
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Did Obama just interfere in Canada's internal affairs?

By endorsing a candidate? No. He's a private citizen now. He has as much right as does anyone else to endorse political candidates. As an ex-President, he's far less likely to endorse a US presidential candidate, but he could if he wanted to.
 
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Not sure yet what I think of it. A Tweet seems more or less harmless, in the scheme of things. But, yeah, when election integrity is at stake... Who knows...
Obama is a private citizen now. Not sure how Canadian election law works, but as for U.S. law, he can't be charged with influence peddling, etc.

It isn't customary, though, and I don't think it's best practices.
 
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Yea it seems harmless but also possibly not a good idea considering how the media and others have accused Russia and Israel of endorsing various candidates in the US.
Exactly what this article argues:
 
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Yea it seems harmless but also possibly not a good idea considering how the media and others have accused Russia and Israel of endorsing various candidates in the US.

Nobody (aside from wild-eyed fruitcakes) has ever had a problem with mere candidate endorsements. That's ridiculous.

The media had a problem with Bibi being invited to speak to Congress during an election, and Russia's illegal interference in the 2016 election hardly involved mere endorsement.
 
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Exactly what this article argues:
Yea I was watching Canadian news last night and they were saying its possible Singh could actually pick up some seats for the NDP in Quebec. Thats a pretty big deal. This could interfere with that. Would the outcry be different if Teresa May endorsed Scheer?
 
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Obama may be a private citizen but there's no denying the weight his opinion carries.
Can go both ways though. Hillary had a lot of celebrity endorsements but the rust belt felt that was a betrayal. She would rather be in Hollywood than with them. So that turned them off.
 
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Did Obama just interfere in Canada's internal affairs?

By endorsing a candidate? No. He's a private citizen now. He has as much right as does anyone else to endorse political candidates. As an ex-President, he's far less likely to endorse a US presidential candidate, but he could if he wanted to.
He would if there was a decent dem to endorse.
 
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