Just a few days ago, Donald Trump allowed a fan of his to state openly at one of his rallies that “President Obama is a Muslim” and “he’s not even an American.”
The White House wasted no time releasing a response of their own about this verbal attack on the President.
In an official statement made by the White House, Mr. Earnest not only denounced Donald Trump but the entire Republican party, as well:
“People who hold these offensive views are part of Mr. Trump’s base. Mr. Trump himself would be the first to tell you that he’s got the biggest base of any Republican politician these days.”
He didn’t stop there, though.
The White House is making an absolutely unprecedented move by addressing the history of Republican racism via a press conference, full of their hypocrisies and lies. The fact that this came from the White House Press Secretary makes it that much more interesting. And, you know President Obama must have authorized it.
The entire press briefing appears on The White House’s YouTube channel and can be found HERE. For just the relevant parts, watch the video below.
Press Secretary Earnest then went on to further slam Republicans by citing concrete examples of their hateful past:
“Now what is also unfortunate is that Mr. Trump isn’t the first Republican politician to countenance these kinds of views in order to win votes. In fact, that is precisely what every Republican presidential candidate is doing when they decline to denounce Mr. Trump’s cynical strategy, because they are looking for those same votes.
Now other Republicans have successfully used this strategy as well. You will recall that one Republican congressman told a reporter that he was David Duke without the baggage. That congressman was elected by a majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to the third highest-ranking position in the House. Those same members of Congress blocked immigration reform. Those same members of Congress oppose reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. Those same members of Congress couldn’t support a simple funding bill because they are eager to defend the confederate flag.
So those are the priorities of today’s Republican Party. And they will continue to be until someone in the Republican Party decides to summon the courage to stand up and change it.”
This isn’t hyperbole and the White House didn’t sugarcoat anything. They flat-out linked one bigot’s remarks at a Trump rally, to the entire Republican party, calling it their “priorities.”
Perhaps, we shouldn’t be surprised. President Obama did say things were going to get interesting in the fourth quarter of his presidency. We just weren’t sure exactly what he meant by that. It looks like Obama really doesn’t give a damn. He isn’t shying away from anything his last year in office.
Republicans had better be careful because this is one president that has nothing to lose.
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