Donald Trump, who started out as a real estate developer and has become one of the most influential political figures in the United States, is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. He has caused a lot of controversy by making various offensive remarks and hate speech against women and Muslims. So, as he has emerged as the front-runner of the Republican presidential candidates, he is tapping into a deep vein of bitterness from people, both inside and outside U.S. political circles. Now, US President Barack Obama has launched an outspoken attack on Donald Trump.
In a brief press conference at the While House on May 6 (local time), President Obama strongly criticized Trump, saying, “This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show. This is a contest for the presidency of the United States.” He added, “We are in serious times and this is a really serious job.” It seemed like he was criticizing Trump’s background as the host of the NBC reality show “The Apprentice” and the things Trump had said or done during the primary process.
President Obama said, “Emphasizing the spectacle and the circus, that’s not something we can afford.” He told the press that Trump “has a long record that needs to be examined, and I think it’s important for us to take seriously the statements he’s made in the past.” He also said, “If reporters do their job and people are well informed, I’m confident our democracy will work.”
Trump is being criticized even by his fellow Republicans. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said in an interview with CNN he was not yet ready to back Trump.