President Barack Obama took a direct shot at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in an interview that aired on Monday, saying he is “exploiting” the anxiety of blue-collar workers struggling to make ends meet in the new economy, in part due to “flatlining” wages and incomes.
An economy that could also be called the stagnant Obama economy.
“You combine those things, and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear — some of it justified, but just misdirected,” the president said during a wide-ranging interview with NPR, according to The New York Times. “I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.”
Seven years later, Obama continues to make excuses for the under performing economy, even resorting to playing the race card.
Looking past the failed policies of his administration, he suggested the scorn being directed at him is a byproduct of racists Americans who object to him being the first black president.
“If you are referring to specific strains in the Republican Party that suggest that somehow I’m different, I’m Muslim, I’m disloyal to the country, etc. — which unfortunately is pretty far out there, and gets some traction in certain pockets of the Republican Party, and that have been articulated by some of their elected officials — what I’d say there is that that’s probably pretty specific to me, and who I am and my background,” Obama said.
All of which he tried to pin on Trump.
The Islamic State was also discussed, with Obama saying America will defeat ISIS — which he called “a virulent, nasty organization” — through effective messaging.
Just not the type of messaging the full force of the U.S. military can deliver.
Or the type of messaging Trump recommended when he said he’d “bomb the sh*t out of them.”
“It is also important for us to keep things in perspective, and this is not an organization that can destroy the United States,” Obama told NPR host Steve Inskeep. “This isn’t a huge industrial power that can pose great risks to us institutionally or in a systematic way.”
While he went on to say “they can hurt us,” every time Obama downplays ISIS, there seems to be an attack somewhere in the world.
But Obama cautioned America not to start “changing how we live and what our values are” in response to the threat, according to The Hill.
“Part of my message over the next 14 months or 13 months that I remain in office is to just make sure that we remember who we are and make sure that our resilience, our values, our unity are maintained,” said a president who spends an awful lot of time lecturing the country on who we are.
“If we do that then ISIL will be defeated,” he concluded.
The full interview can be seen here:
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