Many news outlets have already pointed out that while the Republican Establishment hates Donald Trump, the GOP’s obstructionism and attitude towards President Barack Obama had a part to play in Trump’s rise. Now Obama himself is pointing out the obvious.
Speaking at a Democratic National Committee event in Texas this Friday, Obama continued his recent critiques and analysis of the GOP’s current sad state.
“We’ve got a debate inside the other party that is fantasy and schoolyard taunts and selling stuff like it’s the Home Shopping Network,” he joked, going on to add they he wasn’t shocked when Trump rose to his current frontrunner status.
“This is the guy, remember, who was sure that I was born in Kenya — who just wouldn’t let it go. And all this same Republican establishment, they weren’t saying nothing. As long as it was directed at me, they were fine with it. And then now, suddenly, we’re shocked that there’s gambling going on in this establishment.”
That is exactly what happened. The vile rhetoric and obstructionism from the GOP has led to a candidate with violent rallies and a weird ability to call Mexicans rapists and then say “I’m not racist.”
“The reason that many of their voters are responding is because this is what’s been fed through the messages they’ve been sending. That the other side isn’t simply wrong, or we just disagree… but the other side is destroying the country, or treasonous… That’s what they’ve been saying.”
Absolutely true. Obama is un-American. Obama is a traitor. Obama works for ISIS. Obama hates Christians. Obama is purposefully destroying this country. Bush started an illegal war in Iraq, and nobody’s calling him a traitor who actively hates America.
“So if you don’t care about the facts, or the evidence, or civility, in general in making your arguments, you will end up with candidates who will say just about anything and do just about anything. And when your answer to every proposal that I make, or Democrats make is no, it means that you’ve got to become more and more unreasonable because that’s the only way you can say no to some pretty reasonable stuff. And then you shouldn’t be surprised when your party ultimately has no ideas to offer at all.”
How many times have Republicans voted to veto Obamacare? To the point that they shut down the government? (The leader of this shut down, Ted Cruz, is now Trump’s alternative — a man flat-out unwilling to work with other people and happy to vilify those who disagree with him.)
And how many alternatives did they come up with? I can recall exactly zero.
Some conservatives outlets who hate Trump blame Obama for his divisiveness. They say “we can’t approve any of his SCOTUS nominees” and then turn around and say “Obama is dividing this country, he’s why Trump happened.” That’s garbage. Or, as Obama more eloquently puts it:
“I didn’t cause the reaction. The reaction is something that they have to take responsibility for and then figure out how do we make an adjustment.”
The GOP taking responsibility? LOL. The buck stops somewhere else, I guess.