Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had some harsh words for President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFeehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Mercury rollback is a direct threat to our children's health Lightfoot takes office as Chicago's first black woman mayor MORE on Wednesday, accusing him of using the media to manipulate the American people.

Obama "thinks Americans are stupid," DeMint said.

From his interview with Radio America:

The president is the one who put the kibosh on working together, and now he's just trying to use the mainstream media to confuse the American people. The fact is I think he thinks Americans are stupid, and he's going to play this out until he gets a headline in every paper that Republicans are obstructionist. The fact is, he's the one who's obstructing real bipartisanship.

DeMint claims that senators were close to a deal until the White House intervened.

"I thought we were moving toward a good bill until Chris Dodd went to the White House," DeMint said.