President Barack Obama says that Donald Trump tapped into a troubling strain of rhetoric playing on Americans’ fears of globalization to win the presidency.
Speaking in Athens, Greece, Obama said he recognized an "anger and fear in the American population" over threats of mechanization and globalization, but that Republican officials didn’t use facts when making their case about the US economy.
"You’ve seen some of the rhetoric among Republican elected officials and activists and media. Some of it pretty troubling and not necessarily connected to facts, but being used effectively to mobilize people," Obama said at a news conference. "And obviously President-elect Trump tapped into that particular strain within the Republican Party and then was able to broaden that enough and get enough votes to win the election."
I just signed a petition telling Sens. McCain and Reed, and Representatives Thornberry and Smith that they can’t use tax dollars to fund government discrimination, and asking them to remove the Russell Amendment from the final version of the defense spending bill.
Will you sign too?