Obama's Photographer Just Threw Some Massive Shade At Trump With Epic Presidents' Day Post
Pete Souza ripped Trump in his 'living presidents' Instagram post omitting him for 'inciting an insurrection and abusing his powers.'
Pete Souza—former Chief Official White House Photographer—posted a photo of former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter on Instagram Monday in celebration of Presidents' Day.
The omission of former President Donald Trump from what Souza called the "Presidents’ Club" was quite deliberate, as the photo's caption made crystal clear.
Souza captioned the photo:
"On Presidents’ Day, here are the current members of the Presidents’ Club. It is a very exclusive club."
Souza wanted to know his omission of Trump was purposeful.
"It includes all the living former Presidents of the United States except those that incited an insurrection and abused his powers to attempt to overturn an election."
While it is traditional for former Presidents to set aside party differences after leaving office and to consult with the sitting President—give pointers on such a difficult job—all of that tradition completely fell apart with Trump.
It is difficult to imagine the man who still insists he won the 2020 election giving good-natured advice on holding the office to President Joe Biden, though Biden has reportedly reached out to other former Presidents for advice since taking office.
Instagram commenters largely seemed to agree with Souza's exclusion of Trump.
The post comes just after former Democratic President Jimmy Carter—who is 98 years old and has survived a bout with brain cancer and other health scares in recent years—announced via the Carter Center he has opted to enter home hospice care and spend his remaining time at home with his family.
Some chose to celebrate Carter's life, kindness and accomplishments in the comments of Souza's photo.
This is far from the first time Souza called out Trump using his photography as a medium.
His 2018 book Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents used photos he had taken while White House photographer during Barack Obama's presidency to contrast with the way Trump was running things.
It's safe to say Souza is very unsatisfied with Trump's performance as President and his behavior after leaving office.