Obama targets Trump, says candidate ‘exploiting’ blue-collar fears

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Daesh can’t destroy US, says Obama.

President Obama, in a wide-ranging interview published Monday, blasted Donald Trump for seizing on the fears of working-class men in the U.S. to fuel his surging campaign and suggested that much of his own unpopularity is the product of racism.President Obama accused Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in an interview aired Monday of “exploiting” anger and fear over economic insecurities among working class men to propel his presidential campaign.President Obama used a radio interview to accuse Donald Trump of “exploiting” economic woes to tap into voter “fear” and “frustration,” in some of his most direct criticism to date of the Republican primary front-runner seeking to replace him.

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says criticism of his strategy to combat the Islamic State group is legitimate and failure to keep the public informed has contributed to fears that not enough is being done. Earlier this month, a radicalized married couple who had pledged allegiance to Daesh opened fire on the husband’s co-workers in San Bernardino, California, killing 14. In seeking to explain Trump’s appeal, he pointed to “economic stresses” – from the financial crisis, technology and globalization – and “flatlining” wages. In a year-end interview with NPR News, Obama says the most damage the group can do to the U.S. is to force Americans to change how they live or what they believe in. “I think that there is a legitimate criticism of what I’ve been doing and our administration has been doing in the sense that we haven’t, you know, on a regular basis I think described all the work that we’ve been doing for more than a year now to defeat ISIL,” the president said in the interview released Monday, referring to IS by one of its acronyms. During his final year as president, Obama said he wants to make sure Americans remember who they are and that the country’s resilience, values and unity are intact.

He said his administration is open to some “legitimate criticism” for failing to adequately explain its strategy to counter Daesh, though he chided Republican presidential candidates for criticizing his policy without offering an alternative. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.” With this explanation, Obama appeared to acknowledge that the U.S. economy still has not turned around for many blue-collar workers – a theme that candidates like Sen.

Obama attributed his low approval ratings for how he has handled terrorism to the saturation of Daesh attacks in the media after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. The comments, however, mark the President’s strongest, and most specific, response yet to the Trump campaign and its supporters in the months since the mogul entered the race earlier this year and made waves for controversial and bigoted proposals like banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. Asked to expand on his claims – and speak to concerns in some corners that Obama is trying to change the country in an unwelcome way — Obama got into a contentious exchange with NPR’s Steve Inskeep that touched on the issue of race. And so I understand why people are worried,” he said. “The most damage they can do, though, is if they start changing how we live and what our values are.” “Part of my message over the next 14 months or 13 months that I remain in office is to just make sure that we remember who we are and make sure that our resilience, our values, our unity are maintained,” he said. “If we do that then ISIL will be defeated.” Obama interpreted the question to be about whether racial fears of him as the nation’s first African American president had produced unique opposition to his presidency, but Inskeep suggested he meant broader anxieties. “If you what you are suggesting is is that, you know, somebody questioning whether I was born in the United States or not, how do I think about that,” Obama said, “I would say that that’s something that is actively promoted and may gain traction because of my unique demographic.

I don’t think that that’s a big stretch.” Inskeep replied that the president had been criticized during his 2008 campaign after a recording of remarks he made at a private fundraiser, in which he said some working-class Americans were bitter and were “clinging to guns and religion,” was made public.

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