Former President Barack Obama reportedly called President Trump “Richie Rich” in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg from The Atlantic Wednesday.
“I thought that the model wouldn’t be Richie Rich–the complaining, lying, doesn’t-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure,” Obama told Jeffrey Goldberg in the interview regarding traditional American manhood.
Barack Obama calls Trump Richie Rich — “The complaining, lying, doesn’t-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure,” and wonders why Republicans didn’t go for a John Wayne or Gary Cooper type. Read more here: https://t.co/sfRXiTHpeg
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) November 16, 2020
“Richie Rich” is a reference to the 1950’s comic character of the same name, a young boy of billionaire parents who dresses in a small suit and lives in a gigantic mansion.
The interview included a number of topics, ranging from Trump’s presidency to climate change, The Atlantic reports. (RELATED: Obama Compares Trump To A Dictator Who Thinks He ‘Can Kill People’ And ‘Suppress Journalists’ In 60 Minutes Interview)
“I did not believe how easily the Republican establishment . . . would just cave,” Obama said about Trump’s brand of populism, per The Atlantic.
“We are entering into an epistemological crisis,” Obama said when talking about the inability to distinguish between the truth and false information, per The Atlantic. Obama went on to blame the populist wave in the Republican party on Fox News and other media outlets.
When asked about the coronavirus, Obama also said that lives could have been spared if the White House had better control of the coronavirus from the beginning, according to the Atlantic.