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Politics PopWrapped | Politics

President Obama Calls Donald Trump "Un-American"

Roxanne Powell | PopWrapped Author

Roxanne Powell

Staff Writer
06/21/2016 9:45 am
PopWrapped | Politics
President Obama Calls Donald Trump
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President Barack Obama gave an impassioned speech on CNN earlier today, making the case that Donald Trump is "un-American" and how we should not be sloppy when placing blame.

The Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando is being called "the worst terror attack since 9/11." In the wake of that tragedy, as we all no doubt have heard, Donald Trump tweeted out his appreciation for being validated – otherwise known as his "humble brag."  

It is no secret that many, including President Obama, are disgusted by Trump's ability to turn even the most horrific of events into a narcissistic platform. Trump has done everything to make himself look good in the eyes of the American people, including his continued assertion that the president is not American. Instead, he claims President Obama "was born outside the country" or is "a closeted Muslim."

Monday showed a new spark to that particular theme: Trump hinted that President Obama was "complicit" in or "approved of Islamic terror attacks."

"There's something going on," he said in an interview with Fox News.

But instead of getting mad and even, President Obama took the high road. His rebuttal was based on his belief that "the billionaire Republican's views are so extreme that he threatens the fabric of America itself," according to CNN News.

In light of Trump's ability to handle a crisis (read: none whatsoever) most of the Republican party is "squirming" in their seats, a fact President Obama has attempted to act on. Although they are doing everything they can to keep Trump's more radical ideas at bay – House Speaker Paul Ryan rejected the "GOP presumptive nominee's stance on Muslims" yet again this Tuesday – they are up against a wall, as many Republican voters are clamoring for Trump's promise to "make America great again," as his campaign slogan suggests. 

But what version of America is he talking about? The one where women and POC do not have the right to vote? Or maybe the one where people of different nationalities and belief systems are shot down because they are seen as "different" or "other"?

"That's not the America we want," President Obama said in his press release. "It doesn't reflect our democratic ideals. It will make us less safe."

Given Trump's recent published comments about Orlando (especially when viewed with his colorful commentary thus far in the campaign) it is understandable that President Obama is frustrated, going so far as to say it is "his apparent belief that America had reached a dangerous moment given Trump's new status as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee."

While President Obama has made it clear that he intends to mount a "stern defense" against ISIS and powers like it, until his last day in the Oval Office, many argue he is a day too late. They say his "intent" and "plans" are not enough.

"This was the chance for the President to try to bring us together. I think he is so focused on this presidential campaign he let himself go," former head of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, now a CNN commentator, said on "The Lead" with Jake Tapper. "I just don't think it looked presidential."

Others see President Obama's Trump-related anger as another stepping stone for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. President Obama has not been secretive about his support for the former secretary of state, who herself lit into Trump, saying that he was "temperamentally unfit to serve in the Oval Office."

"Is Donald Trump suggesting that there are magic words that once uttered will stop terrorists from coming after us?" Clinton said in Pittsburgh. "What I will not do is demonize and declare war on an entire religion."

The Republican party most recently "lashed out" at President Obama, who along with Hillary Clinton has been pushing for gun control following the Pulse, Orlando massacre.

You can watch President Obama's speech on CNN Politics.


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