Donald Trump accused President Obama last night of channeling his fury over the Orlando nightclub attacks at him, rather than the actual terrorist, after Obama accused the presumptive Rep-ublican nominee of “loose talk” and “sloppiness” during a speech earlier in the day.
“I watched President Obama today and he was more angry at me than he was at the shooter,” Trump told a crowd at a rally in North Carolina last night.
“One of the folks on television said, ‘Boy, has Trump gotten under his skin.’ And many people said that. The level of anger — that’s the kind of anger he should have for the shooter and the killers who shouldn’t be here.”
Trump also appeared to welcome the prospect of Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
“Crazy (candidate U.S. Sen.) Bernie (Sanders), I guess he’s gone,” Trump said. “So now we’ll just have Pocahontas to think about, because I think it could be Pocahontas. I hope so. I hope it’s Pocahontas.”
Trump’s comments came hours after what seemed like a co- ordinated Democratic rhetorical attack on the brash billionaire over his proposed temporary ban of Muslims entering the country.
Obama called Trump’s language at a speech Monday in New Hampshire “loose talk” and “sloppiness.”
“It makes Muslim-Americans feel like their government is betraying them,” Obama said yesterday. “It betrays the very values America stands for.”
He also disputed Trump’s claim that refusing to call the threat “radical Islamic terrorism” makes the U.S. appear weak around the world.
“Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away,” the president. “This is a political distraction.”
Clinton also slammed Trump for vaguely suggesting Obama has an ulterior motive in the fight against ISIS. “We don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations,” said Clinton. “We need leadership and concrete plans, because we are facing a brutal enemy.”
Vermont’s Sanders criticized the “bigotry” of pinning the Orlando, Fla., attack on all Muslims. “Our goal must not be to allow politicians — Donald Trump or anyone else — to divide us,” he said.
Even Republicans who have endorsed the New York mogul distanced themselves from his Muslim ban. House Speaker Paul Ryan said it is not in the country’s best interest.
Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who’s been mentioned as a Trump running mate, condemned his remarks, saying, “I continue to be discouraged by the direction of the campaign and comments that are made.”