President Barack Obama called anti-immigrant sentiment in Republicans’ presidential campaign discourse “un-American”, appearing without naming names, to be condemning the incendiary rhetoric of frontrunner Donald Trump.
“This whole anti-immigrant sentiment that’s out there in our politics right now is contrary to who we are,” Obama said during a town hall meeting at an Iowa high school.
“Because unless you are a Native American, your family came from some place else.”
The president had come to Iowa to discuss new education policy proposals, but the question and answer session with residents focused on the 2016 election. Iowa has the first say in determining who will become the presidential nominees of the major parties.