The incumbent president hit out at Donald Trump in an interview released Tuesday, saying that Trump cannot legitimately speak for the public, or against globalism because he “embodies global elites.”
Obama made the comments during an exchange with a npr reporter.
When asked if there is a correlation between the rejection of globalism in Britain following the vote to leave the EU and the rejection of the political establishment in the US, a clearly frustrated Obama hit out at Trump.
“Mr. Trump embodies global elites and has taken full advantage of it his entire life,” Obama said while sardonically chuckling to himself.
“So, he’s hardly a spokesperson — a legitimate spokesperson — for a populist surge from working class people on either side of the Atlantic.”
Obama went on to say that some of the concerns regarding a loss of national identity and control, particularly where immigration is concerned are shared by people in Britain and the US.
However, he then blamed “xenophobia that’s flashing up not just in Great Britain but throughout Europe which has some parallels with what Mr Trump has been trying to stir up here.”
“The ability to tap into a fear that people may have about losing control, and to offer some sort of vague nostalgic feelings about how we’ll ‘make Britain great again’ or ‘make America great again’, and the subtext for that is somehow that a bunch of foreigners and funny looking people are coming in and changing the basic character of the nation – I think that some of that is out there.” Obama said.
Obama added that the declarations of globalism collapsing are premature.
“There’s been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO’s gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner,” he said. “That’s not what’s happening.”
Over recent days, Trump has taken aim at globalism as a key part of his appearances. In his most recent high profile speech, in speaking about the economy, Trump stated “we got here because we switched from a policy of Americanism, focusing on what’s good for America’s middle class, to a policy of globalism — focusing on how to make money for large corporations who can move their wealth and workers to foreign countries, all to the detriment of the American worker and the American economy itself.”
In another appearance last week, Trump said “This is a wave of globalism that wipes out our middle class and our jobs along with it.”
Today Trump is scheduled to make a speech focused on “Declaring American Economic Independence” at an industrial plant in Pennsylvania’s Rust Belt region.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com