CNN’s Jake Tapper expressed doubt that Barack Obama thinks Hillary Clinton is doing “an effective job making the case against” Donald Trump.
Discussing Obama’s speech from Tuesday where the president blasted Trump, Tapper said, “Let me just say very clearly, President Obama thinks that Donald Trump in his rhetoric and his tone… is chasing people who might be wavering into the hands of extremism,” in a segment flagged by Mediaite. (RELATED: Obama Lashes Out At Trump, Defends Not Using ‘Radical Islam’ Label)
Obama “thinks very strongly that the rhetoric from Donald Trump… is bad for the United States, bad for national security because it alienates Muslims and might chase some into the hands of extremists,” Tapper claimed. (RELATED: Trump: Hillary Can’t ‘Claim To Be A Friend Of The Gay Community’ With Her Immigration Policy [VIDEO])
“Let me make one observation, which is obviously, President Obama is very eager to get into this political debate. And he’s very eager to defend himself but also to do what we can to stop Donald Trump from becoming president. He feels very strongly that that would be bad for the country,” Tapper argued. (RELATED: Obama: ISIS Fighters Are Not ‘Religious Warriors. They Are Thugs’ [VIDEO])
“I can’t help but observe if he thought Hillary Clinton was doing a good job or an effective job making the case against Trump, maybe he wouldn’t go to the East Room and make it himself. So in a way, while this is completely a condemnation of Trump and everything Trump stands for, I wouldn’t say that President Obama entering the presidential race this way exactly expresses a huge vote of confidence in the way that Hillary Clinton is rebutting Trump and making the same exact points that the president just made,” the CNN host said.