President Obama just laid waste to Republicans’ recent absurd claims that he is to blame for the rise of bigoted fascist Donald Trump. In fact, he found the idea so ridiculous that he couldn’t hold back laughter as he set the record straight on Thursday during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
I have been blamed by Republicans for a lot of things, but being blamed for their primaries and who they’re selecting for their party is novel.
I don’t think that I was the one to prompt questions about my birth certificate… I don’t remember saying, ‘Hey, why don’t you ask me about that? Why don’t you, you know, question whether I’m American or whether I’m loyal or whether I have America’s best interests at heart.’ Those aren’t things that were prompted by any actions of mine. And so what you’re seeing within the Republican party is to some degree all those efforts over a course of time, creating an environment where somebody like a Donald Trump can thrive.
It’s fair to say that the Republican political elites, and many of the information outlets, social media, news outlets, talk radio, television stations have been feeding the Republican base for the last seven years a notion that everything I do is to be opposed. That cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal. That maximalist, absolutist positions on issues are politically advantageous. That there is a ‘them’ out there and an ‘us.’ And ‘them’ are the folks who are causing whatever problems we’re experiencing.
Obama’s remarks come after Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal published an op-ed last week titled President Obama Created Donald Trump.“I believe that voters tend to act in open-seat presidential elections to correct for the perceived deficiencies of the incumbent,” he wrote. “After seven years of the cool, weak and endlessly nuanced ‘no drama Obama,’ voters are looking for a strong leader who speaks in short, declarative sentences.”
Watch Obama set the record straight:
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