While Republicans will clearly deny it, the world is laughing at the United States right now over the 2016 GOP presidential primary. What I’m seeing on the Republican side is an absolute embarrassment for this country. It’s political reality TV where so-called adults behave more like petulant 13-year-olds than actual presidential candidates.
Back in 2012, a Republican presidential debate audience booed a gay solider who was currently deployed in Iraq. In 2016, we saw a leading presidential candidate make a direct reference to the size of his penis. I’m honestly terrified of what Republicans will bring in 2020.
But the truth is, because we are the United States, the rest of the world pays attention to what goes on here. And with what they’re seeing, much of the world is astonished at the stupidity that we’ve witnessed from Republicans.
That’s a point President Obama talked about during a press conference on Tuesday.
“I am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions that are being made,” Obama said “It’s not just Mr. Trump’s proposals. You are also hearing concerns about Mr. Cruz’s proposals, which in some ways are just as draconian when it comes to immigration for example.”
In other words, these world leaders are actually kind of embarrassed for the U.S. based on the absurdities that are constantly streaming from the GOP presidential race.
“The implications with respect to ending remittances, many of which by the way are from legal immigrants and from individuals who are sending money back to their families are enormous,” he continued. “First of all, they’re impractical. The notion that we’re going to track every Western Union bit of money that’s being sent to Mexico, you know, good luck with that. Then we’ve got the implications for the Mexican economy, which in turn, if it’s collapsing actually sends more immigrants north because they can’t find jobs back in Mexico.”
This is what I mean when I say President Obama is simply too intelligent for Republicans to understand. They’re cheering and applauding ridiculous ideas about building walls, breaking up families and all of this other anti-immigrant nonsense. Meanwhile, there President Obama stood, factually pointing out the seemingly endless list of terrible things that will likely happen if Republicans actually got their way.
Completely unrealistic statements like Trump’s promise that he’s going to make Mexico build the wall (when he would have no way to actually accomplish that) or Cruz saying he’s going to “carpet bomb” ISIS into oblivion – even though doing so is a war crime and would slaughter thousands of innocent civilians. It’s one asinine talking point after another, aimed at pandering to ignorance, bigotry and flat-out stupidity.
These aren’t serious policy proposals – they’re lines from any comment section on any conservative blog that have somehow become platforms on which candidates built their campaigns.
I have no doubt that when we look back in history on the 2016 election, this nation is going to collectively hang its head in shame that one of our two major political parties had, as their two “best” candidates, clowns like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Watch President Obama’s comments below:
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