Since the day he was elected, Republicans have been trying to blame President Obama for pretty much everything. And here we are, over seven years later, and that pattern has continued time and time again.
They’re so ridiculous, some Republicans have even tried blaming him for the rise of Donald Trump.
Well, at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, the president absolutely destroyed any Republican trying to blame him for the ignorance of the GOP and the voters who support it.
“I have been blamed by Republicans for a lot of things,” Obama said. “But being blamed for their primaries and who they’re selecting for their party is novel.”
“I don’t think that I was the one to prompt questions about my birth certificate,” he continued. “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.”
That’s what’s so absurd about this denial in which some Republicans are currently living. Many are currently acting like Trump’s extremism is something new. This is the party that had one of its governors order his state’s guard to monitor the United States military over concerns that President Obama was using a military exercise to declare martial law in an effort to confiscate guns. This is the party that shut down the government for absolutely no reason because it was too scared to stand up to the extremists within it. This is the party that promotes people like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter.
Anyone who’s trying to act as if Trump’s rise within the GOP is stunning is either lying or woefully naive to the point of incompetence. In many ways, Donald Trump is the perfect Republican candidate.
Though the president wasn’t done. He then took a direct shot at the Republican party for creating the “monster” they now seem determined to try to destroy.
“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,” Obama stated. “That cooperation or compromise somehow is a betrayal. 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.”
Again, he absolutely nailed it.
After years and years of working conservatives up by pushing lies, blatant propaganda and hateful rhetoric, they’re now seeing the results of the atmosphere they’ve created. Though what’s most ironic about all of this is that now the very propaganda, hateful rhetoric and lies they’ve been spreading about President Obama are being used against “establishment” Republicans.
In other words, the tactics they thought they could use to take down President Obama might ultimately be the very things that lead to the downfall of their own party.
Watch the president’s comments below via CNN:
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