Barack Obama said that part of the reason why 73 million Americans voted to re-elect Donald Trump in the election was because of the Republican message that the country, especially white men, was being attacked.
In an interview with the Breakfast Club on the radio show on Wednesday for its promotion A memorable land of new memoirsObama said the Trump administration, which he did not name directly, “failed miserably in caring for and protecting the American people,” and yet received millions of votes.
“The always interesting thing to me is that you’ve built a degree in Republican politics that means white males are victims,” Obama said. “It’s the people who are under attack – who clearly don’t care about both history and data and economics. But it is a sincere belief, it has become internal, it is a story being told and how you opened it .Show it will not be something that is done immediately. “
Later, DJ Enshi, one of the show’s hosts, asked Obama how he would respond to criticism from blacks and other communities of color, who did not believe he had done enough for them as president.
“I understand that because there was so much excitement and hope when I was elected, and I also think that we usually see the presidency almost once as a monarchy in the sense of a president, when he can do what he has to do. And Obama said, if he’s not doing it, it should be because he didn’t want to do it.
Jealousy challenged Obama, making the case that Trump has behaved exactly the same way.
“Because it breaks the laws or ignores the Constitution,” Obama said. “The good news for me was that I was very confident in what I did for black people because I have the statistics to prove it.”
Obama continued to publish how his policies saw black people’s incomes, poverty reduction, and access to healthcare increase.
“The point is that we didn’t just go around advertising because again the goal here is to build a coalition where everyone gets something so they all feel like they have a stake in it,” Obama said. “But many of my policies were aimed at those most in need. Those people are disproportionately African Americans. “
Obama also talked about the role of the public and Congress in bringing about change. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocks most of Obama administration’s efforts in Republican-controlled Senate In the final years of his presidency.
Obama warned that a similar fate awaits President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
“If Republicans win those two seats, Biden and Kamala Harris will not be able to pass any law that will not go along with Mitch McConnell and other Republicans,” Obama said.
The only mention of the incoming president was made by Obama, who sparked controversy on social media in May after a meeting with a breakfast club where he said: “If you have a problem knowing whether you are for me or for Trump, then you are not black. . “
Later that day, Biden apologized: “No one, no one should vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background.”
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