How often does Obama laugh at Trump’s campaign? ‘Most of the time,’ he says on Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel got earnest with Barack Obama on his show last night, when he asked the president whether he ever laughs at Donald Trump’s campaign.
“Most of the time,” Obama said with a laugh.
The president appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” during the middle of his three-day visit to Nevada and California, where he is campaigning and raising money for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates. The segment contained a mix of humour and serious talk about the current election.
Obama used the spotlight to take shots at the Republican presidential nominee, joking about Trump’s claims that the election is rigged and about his late-night tweeting sprees.
“I don’t tweet at 3 a.m. about people who insult me,” laughed Obama, as he explained that he’s woken up at 3 a.m. every now and then for calls on foreign emergencies.
Obama entertained Jimmy Kimmel’s audience with some of the mean tweets sent his way, beginning with one sent by Donald Trump in August when he said “President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States.”
Obama’s reply: “Really? Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president.”
Kimmel routinely has celebrities read some of the mean tweets sent their way. Another person asked: “Barack Obama, bro do you even lift?”
It wasn’t all jokes during the interview though. Topics ranged from the Chicago Cubs advancing to the World Series to confronting why there’s an air of mistrust around Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“This just has to do with the fact that she has been in the trenches, in the arena for 30 years,” said Obama on the more serious topic of Clinton’s trustworthiness.
“When you have been in the public eye that long in politics, folks go after you, and they’re trying to find a weak spot, and any mistake that you make ends up being magnified.”
A long, and at times controversial, U.S. presidential election campaign between Clinton and Trump is winding down now, as early voting is already underway in some states.
Obama urged citizens to use their power to vote. He also used his appearance on Kimmel to warn citizens on some of Trump’s rhetoric.
“What we haven’t seen before is somebody questioning the integrity of elections and the role of the people,” he said. “What we haven’t seen before is a politics based on putting down in very explicit terms Muslim Americans who are patriots or describing women, not in terms of their intellect and character but on a one to ten score.”
With files from CP.
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