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Trump is no Populist

June 29, 2016

President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ottawa


Reporters fired of questions to President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a trilateral press conference at the North American Leaders meeting. The common theme: Populism and The Donald.

President Obama went off on a bit of a rant Wednesday in which he disputed the idea that Donald Trump is a populist and that the presumptive GOP nominee instead promotes "nativism" or "xenophobia." "I'm not prepared to concede the notion that some of the rhetoric that's been popping up is populist," he said said of The Donald.

The president went on to talk about his populist bonafides sharing he cares about poor people, about workers having a collective voice in the workplace, about kids getting an education and ensuring that the U.S. has a fair tax system. "I suppose that makes me a populist," President Obama said.

Without identifying him by name, he went on to dismis Trump as someone "who has never shown any regard for workers, who has never fought on behalf of any social justice issues" and who has worked against providing economic opportunities. "They don't suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes," he said. "That's not the measure of populism; that's nativism or xenophobia...or it's just cynicism." "Somebody who labels us versus them or engages in rhetoric about how we're going to look after ourselves and take it to the other guy..that's not the definition of populism," he added.

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It's your prerogative, Mr. President. Semantics are key people. So let's call a spade a spade.



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