Barack Obama Criticises Republicans For Wrongly Believing 'That White Males Are Victims'
Barack Obama has taken aim at Republicans for victimising 'white males'.
In an interview with the Breakfast Club radio show to promote his new memoir, A Promised Land, the former US President zeroed in on why it's a problem for caucasian men to act like they are being persecuted.
"What's always interesting to me is the degree to which you've seen created in Republican politics the sense that white males are victims," Obama said.
"They are the ones who are under attack - which obviously doesn't jive with both history and data and economics. But that's a sincere belief, that's been internalised, that's a story that's being told and how you unwind that is going to be not something that is done right away."
In rightwing politics, specifically far-right ideology, there is an assumption that white males are being discriminated against because of their ethnic background and their gender.
While not mentioning Trump by name, the 44th President of the United States blamed the current administration for not doing enough to help everyone.
But Obama revealed that he also cops the same criticism from people who look at his time in the White House.
The radio hosts asked the former Commander in Chief how he responds when people say he didn't do enough during his two terms.
"I understand it because when I was elected there was so much excitement and hope, and I also think we generally view the presidency as almost like a monarchy in the sense of once the president's there, he can just do whatever needs to get done and if he's not doing it, it must be because he didn't want to do it," he said.
He added that while that might sound similar to the way Donald Trump has run the White House, Obama said there is a very clear distinction.
"He breaks laws or disregards the constitution," Obama said. "The good news for me was I was very confident in what I had done for Black folks because I have the statistics to prove it.
"We just didn't go around advertising that because again the goal here is to build coalitions where everybody is getting something so they all feel like they have a stake in it. But a lot of my policies were targeted towards people most in need. Those folks are disproportionately African American."
While he believes the last four years has been a disaster, he holds out hope that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can turn things around and make the country less divided.