Obama accuses Trump, GOP of spreading hate

President Obama on Friday night lashed out at Donald Trump and the Republican Party, accusing them of spreading hate and bigotry.

During a speech at a fundraiser in Seattle for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, the president called on Americans to reject politicians who use divisive rhetoric and exploit economic frustrations.

{mosads}“Whatever our differences, we all love this country and we all care fiercely about our children’s futures,” Obama said, according to a transcript of his speech.

“And we don’t have time for charlatans. And we don’t have time for hatred. And we don’t have time for bigotry. And we don’t have time for flimflam. And we don’t have the luxury of just popping off and saying whatever comes to the top of our heads.” 

Though he never mentioned Trump by name, Obama repeatedly referenced the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s racially charged rhetoric, saying that it’s driving the country backwards.

“If we turn against each other — whether it’s divisions of race or religion — we’re not going to build on the progress we started,” he said. “If we get cynical and just vote our fears — or we don’t vote at all — we won’t build on the progress we’ve started.”

Earlier in the speech, the president acknowledged that many Americans are anxious because they haven’t seen the benefits of the recovering economy.

 “Unfortunately, when people are anxious and scared, there are going to be politicians out there who try to prey on that frustration to get themselves headlines and to get themselves votes,” Obama said.

“And that’s what the Republicans have been doing for a while now. That’s the story they’ve been telling. Not just their guy at the top of the ticket, but up and down the ticket, and in states like Washington.”


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