President lashes out at Trump and RNC after his lack of leadership is mercilessly mocked.
President Obama expressed his resentment for the attacks leveled at his leadership during last week’s Republican National Convention by insisting the levels of crime and illegal immigration are at their lowest levels in the past few decades.
After the RNC attendees unified in their outrage over the state in which Obama will be leaving the country when he exits the presidency next year, Obama hit back by attempting to malign one of the Republicans’ most iconic heroes: Ronald Reagan. Insisting that today’s illegal immigration rates and crime levels are lower than those seen during the Reagan administration, Obama downplayed Americans’ vocal concerns and swept them away.
“Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jibe with the facts.”
“Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jibe with the facts,” Obama said at a White House press conference with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday. “The violent crime rate in America has been lower during my presidency than any time during the last three of four decades.”
Despite the lower violent crime rates, many Americans have expressed their grief and frustration as five police officers in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were targeted and killed in the wake of increasing racial tensions over police shootings this month. But Obama dismissed those concerns as well.
“The rate of intentional killings of police officers is also significantly lower than it was when Ronald Reagan was president. Those are facts. That’s the data,” Obama comforted his audience — while apparently forgetting that Reagan inherited the mess left behind by Jimmy Carter.
The president also took the opportunity to lash out at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his incendiary rhetoric and harsh denouncements of Obama’s administration during the RNC in Cleveland last week.
“The rate of illegal migration into the United States today is lower by two-thirds than it was when Ronald Reagan was president. We have far fewer undocumented workers crossing the border today than we did in the ’80s or ’90s or when George [W.] Bush was president. That’s a fact,” Obama maintained. “This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jibe with the experience of most people.”
But these “facts” don’t change the reality that many Americans are angry and fearful over the country they will be left with after Obama’s eight years as president come to a close. And this anger and desire for change helped fuel Trump’s meteoric rise and cement his status as the Republican Party’s nominee.
In typical Obama fashion, the president went even further as he attempted to turn Trump’s words in on themselves to make the case for his own administration’s success. In fact, Obama went so far as to accuse Trump of aiding the Islamic State in its terrorist operations.
“The Muslim-American … community here feels deeply American and deeply committed to upholding the rule of law, and working with law enforcement, and rejecting intolerance and extremism that’s represented by the perversions of Islam that ISIL is sending out through the internet or carrying out in the Middle East,” Obama said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“But that requires leaders — political leaders, religious leaders, business leaders — all of us to send a very clear signal that we are not going to be divided in that fashion,” Obama added. “And I think the kinds of rhetoric that we’ve heard too often, from Mr. Trump and others, is ultimately helping do ISIL’s work.”
So what exactly does Obama intend to do in order to combat the Islamic State, fight against violent crime, reduce illegal immigration, and enforce the rule of law? Apparently very little, if the U.S. is in pretty good condition, as Obama believes.
“I feel as if I’m a better president than I’ve ever been,” Obama said on “Face the Nation.” “That the experience has made me sharper, clearer — about how to get stuff done. My team is operating at a peak level. And we’re really proud of what we’re going to do, and we’re going to run through the tape.”