- Republicans mistakenly made a narrative where white men see themselves as “victims” who are “threatened with attack,” Barack Obama says.
- According to the former president, this belief has spread among many Republican voters, despite the fact that “it obviously does not emerge in terms of history, data, or the economy.”
- “It’s a story that’s told and the way it turns off, it’s not going to be something that happens right away,” Obama said in a Wednesday radio interview.
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Trump and Republicans won millions of votes, in part by writing white American men as “victims” who are “threatened with attack,” former President Barack Obama says.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper on the Breakfast Club radio show on Wednesday, Obama said one of the reasons Trump was able to secure a record number of votes in his defeat against Joe Biden was that Republicans created and perpetuated “the feel that white men are victims of.”
“I’m always interested in the extent you’ve seen to create in Republican politics in the sense that white men are victims,” Obama told the Radio Club radio show.
“They are being attacked – which is clearly not exhaustive in terms of history, data and economy.
“But it’s a sincere belief they’ve internalized, it’s a story they tell, and the way you turn it off, it’s not going to be something that happens right away.”
Obama said the pressure of this narrative helped Trump get the most votes for every U.S. president in American history, even though his administration “objectively” “failed and failed to handle and keep the basic care of the American people safe.”
In his 2016 election victory against Hilary Clinton, Trump defeated white men by 31% and performed particularly well among rural white men. An analysis of the monthly election indicates that the outgoing president lost his place with this group, although he still defeated elected president Biden by about 23%.
In an interview Wednesday, Obama said he understood why some black people and people from other ethnic minorities feel frustrated with what he did for them in the White House, but insisted that despite constraints in Congress, they managed to significantly improve their conditions.
“I understand [the disappointment] because when they were elected, there was so much excitement and hope, and I also think that the presidency is generally seen almost as a monarchy in the sense that once the president is there, he can only do what he wants and not do it must be because he didn’t want to do it, ”he said, adding that unlike Trump, his agenda did not violate the law and disregard the constitution.
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“The good news for me was that I was very confident in what I did for the black people because I have the statistics to prove it,” Obama said.
He warned that Vice-President-elect Biden and Kamala Harris would face similar struggles in implementing their own policies if Democrats did not win two upcoming elections in Georgia. Republican senses of David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are discussed by Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
“If Republicans win these two seats, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will not pass a law that Mitch McConnell and other Republicans won’t go through,” host DJ Envy said.