BARACK Obama slammed Donald Trump for being “destructive and harmful” after mocking his comparison to Abraham Lincoln.
Former President Obama, 59, took a swipe at the Republican leader over his comments as President in an interview with Gayle King on CBS Sunday Morning.
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Barack Obama hit out at Donald Trump during an interview with CBS[/caption]
Obama claimed America had become more divided in the past four years[/caption]
During the interview King commented: “Donald Trump often raises eyebrows when he says he’s done more for Black America and people of color than Abraham Lincoln.”
Obama, laughing, replied: “Yes, yes it does raise eyebrows, you are correct.”
What do you think when you hear that?” King then asked. “Do you take that as an insult to you or the work that you’ve done?”
Obama admitted that he didn’t take many things Trump said “personally or seriously”.
He said: “I think it’s fair to say that there are many things he says that I do not take personally or seriously, although I think they can often be destructive and harmful.”
Obama also admitted he had been disappointed that more Republicans had not stood up to Trump after he has consistently refused to concede defeat in the presidential race with Joe Biden.
He said: “It’s been sort of par-for-the-course during these four years.
“They obviously didn’t think there was any fraud going on cause they didn’t say anything about it for the first two days.
“But there’s damage to this because what happens is that the peaceful transfer of power, the notion that any of us who attain an elected office, whether it’s dogcatcher or president, are servants of the people.
Trump and Obama arriving for Trump’s inauguration at the Capitol in January 2017[/caption]
“It’s a temporary job. We’re not above the rules, we’re not above the law, that’s the essence of our democracy.
“I think we were in a circumstance in this election in which certain norms, certain institutional values, that are so extraordinarily important, had been breached.
“That it was important for me, as somebody who had served in that office, to simply let people know ‘This is not normal.’”
Asked if he would consider a cabinet position in Biden’s administration, Obama said: “There are some things I would not be doing because Michelle would leave me. She’d be like, what? You’re doing what?”
In another interview with the BBC, Obama claimed the US was more divided now than four years ago.
He told historian David Olusoga: “We are very divided right now, certainly more than we were when I first ran for office in 2007 and won the presidency in 2008.”
Those divisions, Obama claimed, were in part due to Trump’s willingness to “fan division because it was good for his politics”.
He said the divisions had also been stoked by the spread of misinformation online where “facts don’t matter”.
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Obama said: “There are millions of people who subscribed to the notion that Joe Biden is a socialist, who subscribed to the notion that Hillary Clinton was part of an evil cabal that was involved in paedophile rings.”
Biden was Obama’s Vice-President serving from 2009 to 2017 and is now preparing to become the 46th President in January next year.
Trump though has refused to concede and is contesting the election outcome through the courts.
Obama said he didn’t take what Trump said either personally or seriously[/caption]
Biden served as Vice-President under Obama’s presidency[/caption]