Obama claims Republicans voted for Trump because they believe ‘White men are victims’
Former President Barack Obama did an interview on “The Breakfast Club” on Wednesday and stated that he sincerely believes that more than 73 million votes were cast for President Trump because some Republicans pushed the idea that “White men are victims.” He bluntly asserted: “What’s always interesting to me is the degree to which you’ve seen created in Republican politics the sense that White males are victims.”
Obama didn’t stop there. He also said, “They are the ones who are under attack – which obviously doesn’t jive with both history and data and economics. But that’s a sincere belief that’s been internalized, that’s a story that’s being told and how you unwind that is going to be not something that is done right away, it’s going to take some time.”
He also accused President Trump and his administration of putting Americans at risk and that Trump “has failed miserably in handling just basic looking after the American people and keeping them safe” during the coronavirus pandemic.
Obama posited that Trump put up a competitive fight against President-elect Joe Biden because millions felt “under attack” by Democrats.
“Why is that? Well, part of it is because you know it turns out politics is not just about policy… it’s not just about numbers it’s about the stories that are being told and that story that they’re hearing from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and you know in some cases inside their churches is that you know Democrats, uh you know, don’t believe in Christmas and you know uh, you know only care about minorities and black folks and are trying to take your stuff and trying to take your guns away and right there’s a whole story that’s being told to them and people end up feeling as if… you know what? We are under attack,” the former president said.
Co-host DJ Envy asked Obama to answer those who said he hadn’t done enough for people of color while in office. Obama went on to blame congressional hurdles for his failures.
“I understand it because when I was elected there was so much excitement and hope, and I also think we generally view the presidency as almost like a monarchy in the sense of once the president’s there, he can just do whatever needs to get done and if he’s not doing it, it must be because he didn’t want to do it,” Obama answered. “The good news for me was I was very confident in what I had done for Black folks because I have the statistics to prove it,” Obama said.
Envy implied that Trump had acted like a monarch while in office. To that Obama replied, “Because he breaks laws or disregards the Constitution.”
Obama also hit back at evangelical Hispanics who voted for Trump.
“People were surprised about a lot of Hispanic folks who voted for Trump, but there’s a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion,” Obama insinuated.
Even though Trump has previously said he is pro-life, he has never expressed opposition to gay marriage.
Trump saw a marked increase in Hispanic support in 2020. Those votes helped him win in states such as Texas and Florida.
Obama’s comments are very reminiscent of his divisive 2008 reference to “bitter” working-class voters who “cling” to guns and religion. Some have noted that the “cages” he referred to from the Trump administration’s family separation policy were built during Obama’s presidency.
Biden claims that his tenure as president will not be an “Obama third term.” But many allege that it will indeed be a cover for more involvement politically by Obama.
“This is not a third Obama term because we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration,” Biden said. “President Trump has changed the landscape, it’s become ‘America First,’ which meant America alone.”
Obama also warned that Biden would face similar struggles in implementing policies if the Democrats did not win two upcoming runoff elections in Georgia. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are being challenged by Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock respectively. Control of the Senate is at stake in that election.
“If the Republicans win those two seats, then Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will not be able to get any law passed that Mitch McConnell and the other Republicans aren’t going to go along with,” he told host DJ Envy.