President Obama has thus far taken the high road when it comes to Trump’s win in the presidential election.
But on his last overseas trip as president, Obama said what he is really thinking.
On Tuesday Obama said that Trump and others in the Republican party won partly because they were able to effectively “moblize people” using rhetoric that was “troubling” and “not necessarily connected to facts.”
Speaking from Athens, Greece, Obama said Trump played on Americans’ “anger and fear” of globalization to win the presidency. He added, “That sometimes gets wrapped up in issues of ethnic identity or religious identity or cultural identity. And that can be a volatile mix.” (Read: racism).
The president didn’t use any specific Trump quotes, but made reference to the oft-repeated idea that Trump’s appeals to the anti-trade, anti-immigrant sentiments of working-class whites helped secure his election.
The remarks come just days after Trump and Obama met at the White House for what was described as a cordial, “excellent” meeting. On Monday afternoon, during his pre-trip press conference, Obama claimed that Trump told him he’s interested in preserving “strategic relationships” with nations abroad.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 15, 2016