July 29, 2016

OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:

Obama Argues That Trump Isn't American Enough to Be President (Eric Levitz, 7/28/16, NY Mag)

Donald Trump launched his career in conservative politics by challenging Barack Obama's claim to American identity. On Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Obama returned the favor.

The president did not ask to see the mogul's birth certificate. Nor did he engage with the (disconcertingly plausible) theory that Trump's candidacy is being aided by a hostile foreign government. Rather, Obama argued that the intolerant authoritarianism that Donald Trump embodies is alien to our nation's bedrock values.

"He's betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election," Obama said of the GOP nominee, in his address to the Democratic National Convention. "That is another bet that Donald Trump will lose. Because he's selling the American people short. We are not a fragile or frightful people. Our power doesn't come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order. We don't look to be ruled."

Posted by at July 29, 2016 3:35 PM

  

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