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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that former President Obama should have shut his hole (paraphrased) and refrained from attacking President Trump‘s handling of the coronavirus pandemic – a move that the Kentucky Senator referred to as “classless.”

President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, during an online Trump campaign event, told McConnell that Obama “slammed” President Trump over his response to the coronavirus outbreak.

McConnell replied that Obama should have followed the lead of former President George W. Bush, who largely sidestepped weighing in on politics after he left the White House. McConnell also noted that the former GOP president and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, “kept their mouths shut” after leaving office because they didn’t think it was “appropriate” to critique another President.

“I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut. You know, we know he doesn’t like much this administration is doing. That’s understandable. But I think it’s a little bit classless frankly to critique an administration that comes after you,” McConnell said.

“You had your shot. You were there for eight years. I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president who comes after you is a good tradition,” McConnell added.

Obama, during a private phone call, had characterized the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as an “absolute chaotic disaster” that stemmed from a “what’s in it for me” mindset.

“It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty,” Obama said, according to CNN. “It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ … is operationalized in our government.”

Former President Obama took another shot at the administration on Twitter late last month, saying there still was not a “coherent national plan.”

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