President Obama is widely expected to be an extremely valuable asset for the Democratic Party in this November’s general election, and he gave a preview of just how he’d rip Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to shreds at a campaign event on Friday night.
Speaking to Democrats in Austin, Texas, President Obama talked about Trump’s ridiculous Trump steaks show and tell session, noting that there’s “a debate inside of the other party that is fantasy, and school yard taunts, and sellin’ stuff like it’s the home shopping network.”
Obama also mocked the Republican establishment for claiming they are surprised by the hate that Trump has whipped up. From the White House pool report:
Obama also again mocked establishment Republicans, who he argues say “We’re shocked someone is fanning anti-immigrant or anti-muslim sentiment! … We’re shocked!. We’re shocked that someone could be loose with the facts. Or distort someone’s record. Shocked!”
“How could you be shocked? This was the guy who was sure I was born in Kenya. And wasn’t letting go … As long as it was being directed at me they were fine with it. It was a hoot … and suddenly they’re shocked! That gamblings going on in this establishment,” he said.
Obama said Donald Trump is “A distillation of what has been going on in their party for more than a decade … this is the message that’s been fed … that you just deny the evidence of science. That compromise is a betrayal. That the other side isn’t simply wrong, we disagree … the other side is destroying the country. Or treasonous. Look it up, that’s what they’ve been saying. So they can’t be surprised when somebody says, ‘I can make up stuff better than that.'”
As other Democrats have made clear, Obama said the right had to own what is happening in Trump’s campaign: “The reaction is something they have to take responsibility for and then make an adjustment.”
It is clear that Obama will be out on the trail, making sure that a campaign of hate does not usher in his successor. Trump has a world of rhetorical hate coming towards him from the President.
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