This Cuba Deal Reversal Is Bad, But I'm More Creeped Out By How Obsessed Donald Trump Is With President Obama

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We have a few years worth of proof that Barack Obama is leasing prime real estate in Donald Trump's Cheeto-adjacent brain. Beginning, of course, with the birther fiasco — the transparently racist pseudo controversy that made Trump a viable political figure and reminded us that Capital Letter Whiteness, if believing your Black ass to be a threat, will literally conjure shit about you out of thin air to satiate its nefarious thirst for racial hierarchy. His entire campaign and platform was basically just him touring the country with a WWBD (What Wouldn't Barack Do) t-shirt. And since he's been in office, the obsession with Obama has become even more conspicuous. Every week brings a new repeal of an Obama measure or reversal of an Obama policy. He even invited the heads of every HBCU to the White House for some ill-fated Obama-shaming photo opp, despite the fact that this nigga can't even spell HBCU without a Lego teleprompter.

Earlier today, Trump continued his creepy infatuation with his predecessor, announcing a new Cuba policy that either stalls or outright cancels much of the progress Obama made with the nation. Of course, the White House is spinning this as some sort of humanitarian altruism.

For nearly six decades, the Cuban people have suffered under communist domination," Trump said in Miami on Friday. "To this day, Cuba is ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to spread their repressive and failed ideology throughout our hemisphere and who once tried to host enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our shores."


They even released Marco Rubio from the dungeon he's been locked in since the election to make a statement. You can even picture Trump screaming "Bring out the gimp!"

"A year and a half ago a president, an American president landed in Havana to outstretch his hand to a regime. Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba," Rubio said.


This rationale would seem to be consistent with America's annoying tendency to bludgeon the world with democracy-by-White-savoring. We're basically Leigh Anne Tuohy to Cuba's Michael Oher. But this is nothing but Trump seeing that President Obama did a thing that people appreciated, and getting his knickers all twisted because of it. He's like a boyfriend who's so jealous of his girl's ex that he sees an old pic of them together at a restaurant, gets beet red, and says "There will be no more forks in this house! Or spoons. Or food!"

You can only wonder how deep this obsession is. Does he try to get Botswana erased from the map because it rhymes with Obama? Does he refuse to say his name in private; choosing to just refer to Obama as "him over there"? Did he run out and cop a pair of Kyrie 3s to play golf in, just because Obama famously hooped in Costco Force Ones and he wants to stunt on his shoe game? Or is this infatuation more like a fatal attraction where Trump sleeps with a wax Obama mask every night? (Which might be why Melania couldn't even sleep in the same state as this nigga.)


I'm gonna stop asking these questions, because we already know the answers to them.

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB and a columnist for His debut memoir in essays, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins), is available for preorder.