President Obama has had enough of the idea that the rhetoric of Donald Trump is populism. Speaking on Wednesday, the leader of the free world declared that the presumptive Republican nominee’s “us vs them” mentality is “nativism, or xenophobia, or worse.”
I’m not prepared to concede the notion that some of the rhetoric that’s been popping up is ‘populist,'” said the President.
During the press conference in Ottowa, Canada, Obama went on to say that a person who has “worked against economic opportunities for workers” does not suddenly become one “because they say something controversial in order to win votes.”
That’s not a measure of populism,” Obama told reporters. “That’s nativism, or xenophobia, or worse. Or it’s just cynicism.
The president did not call Trump out by name, but he made it quite clear who he was speaking of by denouncing “demagogues” who exploit “anti-immigration sentiment” when he was asked about Trump’s rhetoric.
Let’s just be clear that somebody who labels ‘us versus them,’ or engages in rhetoric about how we’re going to look after ourselves and take it to the other guy, that’s not the definition of populism” said Obama.
“Sorry,” added Obama. “This is one of the prerogatives when you’re at the end of your term. You go on these occasional rants.
Watch Obama call out Trump’s rhetoric for what it truly is, here:
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