President Barack Obama has delivered passionate speeches supporting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and denouncing her Republican opponent Donald Trump. But on Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel asked if Obama if ever just laughs at Trump.
“Most of the time,” Obama admitted.
However, Obama was also quick to elaborate on why he thinks Trump is ultimately a non-laughing matter, saying that he is a threat to American democracy in ways that Obama’s Republican opponents John McCain and Mitt Romney were not.
“Obviously, I thought I could do a better job, but they’re both honorable men,” Obama said. “And if they had won, then I wouldn’t worry about the general course of this country.”
Obama continued: “I think [Republicans] and [Democrats] have some fierce disagreements, and that’s how democracy works. We’re a big, diverse country, and sometimes it’s gonna be contentious and noisy. But what we haven’t seen before is somebody questioning elections and the will of the people. What we haven’t seen before is a politics based on putting down, in very explicit terms, Muslim-Americans who are patriots, or describing women not in terms of their intellect or character but on a 1-to-10 scale. Regardless of what your political and policy preferences are, there is a certain responsibility and expectation in terms of how you present yourself.”
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