Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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That protests against President Donald Trump that began just days after his upset electoral victory in November shouldn’t have been too surprising to right-wing media outlets, given Trump’s historically divisive rise to the presidency. Still, many leaned on an update to a well-worn conspiracy in order to delegitimize the protesters: that billionaire activist George Soros and his liberal friends wanted total control of the United States, and former President Barack Obama had joined the effort in order to create a “shadow government."

President Donald Trump was asked about such an effort in an interview that aired Tuesday.

“Can we talk about President Obama?” Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade asked Trump. “It turns out his organization seems to be doing a lot of the organizing [for] some of the protests that a lot of these Republicans are seeing around the country, and against you. Do you believe President Obama is behind it? And if he is, is that a violation of the so-called unsaid President’s code?”

“I think that President Obama is behind it,” Trump said. “Because his people are certainly behind it.”

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