"I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president. And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people. And I think that they recognize that being president is a serious job," Obama said.
The president alluded the business tycoon doesn’t have the intellectual strength to handle such an important role (although Trump sure has an ego big enough for the Oval Office).
"It's not hosting a talk show or a reality show," he added. "It's not promotion. It's not marketing. It's hard. And a lot of people count on us getting it right. And it's not a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day."
In typical Trump fashion, the real estate mogul narcissistically fired back at the president’s commentary.
"This man has done such a bad job, he has set us back so far. For him to say that is a great compliment, to tell you the truth," Trump said at a campaign rally on Tuesday. "You're lucky I didn't run last time when Romney ran, because you would've been a one-term president."
Obama made similar (yet not as abrasively forthright) rhetoric regarding the rest of the GOP field of candidates:
“I find it interesting that everybody's focused on Trump primarily just because he says in more interesting ways what the other candidates are saying as well. So he may up the ante in anti-Muslim sentiment, but if you look at what the other Republican candidates have said, that's pretty troubling, too. He may express strong anti-immigration sentiment, but you've heard that from the other candidates as well. ...
They're all denying climate change. I think that's troubling to the international community, since the science is unequivocal. And, you know, the other countries in the world, they kind of count on the United States being on the side of science and reason and common sense. ... But this is not just Mr. Trump. Look at the other statements that are being made by the other candidates.”
Obama is right in stating that Trump isn’t the only problem; he’s just the loudest voice. The remaining presidential candidates have not only refused to fully accept or take seriously the issue of climate change, they have also made bigoted remarks on Muslims, immigrants, women and the LGBT community — just to name a few.
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