Obama: Trump ‘Exploiting’ Anger, Fear Among ‘Blue-Collar Men’

In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep right before leaving for his Christmas vacation, President Barack Obama said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was “exploiting” the anger, frustration and fear of “blue-collar men.”

Obama said, “I do think that when you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through — because of the financial crisis, because of technology, because of globalization, the fact that wages and incomes have been flat-lining for some time, and that particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck — you combine those things, and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear. Some of it justified, but just misdirected. I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.”

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