CBS News reports that
President Obama went off on his own rant Wednesday at a trilateral press conference in which he disputed the idea that Donald Trump is a populist and that the presumptive GOP nominee instead promotes “nativism” or “xenophobia.”
After reporters asked a series of questions of Mr. Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr. Obama decided he had something else to say in Ottawa — he addressed the common theme of populism raised during the event.
“I’m not prepared to concede the notion that some of the rhetoric that’s been popping up is populist,” Mr. Obama said, referring to Trump.
He said the reason why he ran for president in 2008, again in 2012, and why he will continue to work in some capacity in public service after he leaves office next year is because he cares about people and making sure every child has the same opportunities as he had.
The president said he cares about poor people, about workers having a collective voice in the workplace, about kids getting an education and ensuring that the U.S. has a fair tax system.
“I suppose that makes me a populist,” Mr. Obama said.
Without identifying him by name, Mr. Obama dismissed Trump as someone “who has never shown any regard for workers, who has never fought on behalf of any social justice issues” and who has worked against providing economic opportunities.
“They don’t suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes,” he said. “That’s not the measure of populism; that’s nativism or xenophobia…or it’s just cynicism.”
“Somebody who labels us versus them or engages in rhetoric about how we’re going to look after ourselves and take it to the other guy..that’s not the definition of populism,” he added.
Obama acknowledged that he went off on a “rant” and that he has that freedom now since he’s nearing the end of his two terms in office.
During the press conference, Mr. Obama also addressed Trump’s comments Tuesday in which he talked about withdrawing from trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“The prescription of withdrawing from trade deals and focusing solely on your local market, that’s the wrong medicine. It’s not feasible,” Mr. Obama said.
As I have been chronicling, this “Nationalism” that Petulant President Pantywaist referred to during yesterday’s meltdown is actually a Grass Roots Movement, just like the Tea Party Movement was, and is.
He was right. It is a Populist Movement.
Dictionary.com defines “populism” as
1. the political philosophy of the People’s party.
2. (lowercase) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.
3. (lowercase) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
4. (lowercase) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.:populism in the arts.
That word first reappeared in the American Lexicon, when Sarah Palin almost dragged John McCain’s RINO Rear across the Finish Line, in the Presidential Election of 2008.
The Grassroots Movement, which began back then has led us to a seminal moment in American Politics.
The American People are speaking, loud and clear.
The word “populism” first reappeared in the American Lexicon, when Sarah Palin almost dragged John McCain’s RINO Rear across the Finish Line, in the Presidential Election of 2008.
The Grassroots Movement, which began back then, through the hard work of average Middle Class Americans, like you and me, has led us to a seminal moment in American Politics.
A “Citizen Statesman”, such as our Founding Fathers envisioned, is the Presumptive Republican Candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America.
The American People are speaking, loud and clear.
A Candidate has to build a coalition, in order to win the Presidency.
Ronald Reagan, and, again, I am not comparing Trump to Reagan, figured out in 1980, that, in order to win the presidency, you had to bypass the Republican Establishment and go directly to the American People.
That is exactly what Donald J. Trump has done.
Now, regarding your comment about us being, “xenophobic”, Mr. President.
Allow me to tell you who “we”, the average Americans, who have been watching you tear OUR country apart for the last 7 years, are, Mr. President.
We are the men and women, who landed on the shores of an unknown, uncivilized land, in order to be free from a tyrant and, in order to be free to worship the God of Abraham as we pleased.
We are the people who defeated that same tyrant and began a nation that, despite growing pains, and a war which pitted brother against brother, became the Greatest Nation on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
We are that small band of Tennessee Volunteers, who, with Davy Crockett at the Alamo, though hopelessly outnumbered, gave their lives in defense of freedom.
We are the sons and grandsons of those brave men who landed on Normandy Beach, turning the tide of World War II.
We are the people who are the most charitable people on Earth, contributing millions upon millions of our hard-earned money to private and faith-based charities, and, who personally help our family friends, and neighbors out, when disaster strikes…OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF OUR HEARTS, NOT PRESIDENTIAL DECREE.
We have taken in millions of immigrants, who came here legally, to start a new life in this blessed land, eager to assimilate into the American Way of Life, where, by God’s Grace…and hard work, they , too, could achieve the American Dream.
And, we are a nation, comprised of a population, of whom 75% STILL identify themselves as CHRISTIANS.
Regarding the so-called Syrian “Refugees”, the overwhelming majority of which are military-looking ultra-fit men with cell phones…
Judging by your past actions, including the clandestine dissemination of the “youths” from Central and South America, who arrived here, parentless, last year, throughout our country, we “average Americans”, do not trust you and your people, when you say that you will “vet” these Syrian “Refugees”.
Especially, since they marched across Europe like an invasion force, raping women and using streets as toilets.
And, that is why we and our states’ Governors’ are standing up to your plans to disseminate these Syrian “Refugees” among us.
We recognize that, in your eyes, the welfare of the Muslims living in foreign countries comes before the safety of Americans.
Otherwise, you would not have contacted Turkish (Muslim) President Erdogan the same day as the Terrorist Attack on the Istanbul Airport, while it took you days to contact Florida Governor Rick Scott after 49 Americans were savagely slaughtered by a Homegrown Muslim Terrorist in an Orlando Gay Bar.
Your relationship with average Americans is strained at best. You did not have to go insult us in front of the world like you did yesterday.
What you call “xenophobia”, we Americans call SURVIVAL.
In the midst of unrelenting attacks by Radical Islamists, America needs a President.
Unfortunately, all we have is a Guest Lecturer.
Until He Comes,