*President Donald Trump has accused former President Barack Obama of being “behind” the fiery protests that GOP congressional members have been facing at town hall meetings across the country.
The allegation came during an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” clips of which were released Monday. Co-host Brian Kilmeade states that Obama’s “organization seems to be doing a lot of the organizing [of] some of the protests that a lot of these Republicans are seeing around the country and against you.”
Trump is then asked, “Do you believe President Obama is behind it, and if he is, is that a violation of the so-called, unsaid, president’s code?”
“No, I think he is behind it,” said Trump. “I also think it’s politics, that’s the way it is.”
The organization referred to is Organizing for Action, which describes itself on its website as “a non-partisan, issue advocacy organization committed to growing the grassroots movement by training, educating, and activating civically engaged community members across the country.”
The group was founded in the aftermath of Obama’s 2012 reelection and occupies the digital spaces once owned by the campaign. Its chairman is Jim Messina, who was Obama’s deputy chief of staff from 2009-2011, according to ABC News. The organization advocates for the positions held by Obama, but as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, may not directly support political candidates.
“I think that President Obama is probably behind it because his people are certainly behind it,” Trump added. “In terms of him being behind things, that’s politics and it will probably continue.”
Organizing for Action’s website links to the Town Hall Project, a separate, open-source group that compiles a list of events featuring lawmakers and encourages citizens to attend. The Town Hall Project’s list includes events with both Republican and Democratic legislators.
There is no evidence that the project has any direct relationship with Obama, reports ABC News.