Ever since the announcement of his presidential bid, Donald Trump has made headlines for his absurd and mostly inflammatory remarks. In fact, the business mogul’s hateful comments towards Mexicans, migrants, Muslims, disabled and African Americans have made him the most well known candidate on the presidential trail.
Although some believe that these provocative statements might prove to be the billionaire’s undoing, President Barack Obama recently claimed that Trump is actually exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class Americans to boost his campaign.
Speaking to NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Obama said that financial crisis and changing economy — including “flatlining” wages and incomes — have frustrated the blue-collared men.
“You combine those things and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear. Some of it justified, but just misdirected,” the president said in the radio interview released Monday. “I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.”
In a wide-ranging interview before leaving for Hawaii, he also discussed some of the questions he has faced about his background, patriotism and faith.
“If you are referring to specific strains in the Republican Party that suggest that somehow I'm different, I'm Muslim, I'm disloyal to the country, etc. … what I'd say there is that that's probably pretty specific to me and who I am and my background, and that in some ways I may represent change that worries them,” Obama said.
Watch President Barack Obama’s complete interview with Steve Inskeep in the video below: