If there is one consistency in the Republican Party, it is that President Obama can be blamed for any and all of America's failures. This has apparently expanded to include the monstrous rise of Donald Trump.
Failed Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal literally titled “President Obama Created Donald Trump.” In the sub-heading, he referred to Obama as “endlessly nuanced” (as if this were a negative characteristic) and claimed the people wanted “blunt” Trump because of this.
Obama, however, did not take these remarks lying down. During a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, Obama addressed the absurd notion that he was to blame for Trump’s ascendancy.
“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,” Obama sardonically said.
He continued on in a delightful tirade: “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.”
This is exactly correct. Many media outlets have covered this, but it is the GOP’s years of stoking xenophobia and coded racism, particularly toward Obama, that have allowed Trump to succeed as he has.
But Obama wasn’t finished. “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,” he said. “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 isn’t messing around anymore; he’s preaching the truth, and it is great to behold.
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