Obama on Trump: We don’t need someone who feeds on our fears

posted at 12:01 pm on January 12, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Come on, man. NBC’s Matt Lauer catches up with Barack Obama before his final State of the Union address in this exclusive for Today, and finds the President in a reflective mood. When it comes to Donald Trump, Obama says he’ll believe it’s a serious campaign when Trump wins, but it’s his dismissal of anger and fear among voters that is most ironic. The man who sold ObamaCare in part on hysterics over doctors who amputate rather than treat diabetes and who conduct tonsillectomies only to enrich themselves now wants to wag his finger at “scapegoating” and “simplistic solutions.”

No, really:

“The message that Donald Trump’s putting out has had adherence a lot of times during the course of our history. You know, talk to me if he wins. Then we’ll have a conversation about how responsible I feel about it,” he told TODAY’s Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview less than a week after making an emotional speech on gun control efforts.

“But I’m pretty confident that the overwhelming majority of Americans are looking for the kind of politics that does feed our hopes and not our fears, that does work together and doesn’t try to divide, that isn’t looking for simplistic solutions and scapegoating but looks for us buckling down and figuring out, ‘How do we make things work for the next generation.'”

Even more ironically, this is coming from the same President who wants to make gun control the major theme of his final year in office, even though gun violence has been declining for more than a decade. Talk about scapegoating: Obama spends most of his time deriding gun shows where law-abiding citizens can meet and share their passion for self-defense and hunting when most firearms used in crimes are stolen rather than purchased. In fact, just last week Obama claimed that gun crime in Chicago — where both the city and the state have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation — is primarily caused by “vans” of guns coming from gun shows in Indiana:

THE PRESIDENT:  No, but this is what happens.  Let’s go back to the city of Chicago that has strong gun control laws. And oftentimes the NRA will point to that as an example and say, see, these things don’t work. Well, the problem is, is that about 30, 40 percent of those guns are coming from Indiana, across the border, where there are much laxer laws.  And so folks will go to a gun show and purchase a whole bunch of firearms, put them in a van, drive up into Mike Pfleger’s neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, where his parish is, open up the trunk, and those things are for sale. …

So if somebody is a straw purchaser — and what that means is they don’t intend the guns for themselves, they intend to resell them to somebody else — they go to a gun show in Indiana, where right now they don’t have to do a background check, load up a van, and open up that van and sell them to kids in gangs in Chicago — if now that person has to go through a background check, they’ve got to register, ATF has the capacity then to find out if and when a gun is used in a crime in Chicago where that gun had come from.  And now you know here’s somebody who seems to be willing to sell a gun to a 15-year-old who had a known record.

Chicago has lots of problems all on its own without any help from Indiana. Chief among them is a political machine that has locked in corruption and incompetence, both of which Rahm Emanuel’s administration has amply demonstrated in the past few months, while leaving its law-abiding citizens disarmed and unable to defend themselves properly.

If this was truly Indiana’s fault because of their lax gun laws, then why doesn’t Indiana suffer from the same level of gun violence? Why does Indiana have twice the rate of gun ownership as Illinois (39.1% to 20.2% in 2010) but a lower rate of gun murders (2.2/100K to 2.8/100K)? Vermont, which has almost no restrictions on firearms, only had a 0.3/100K gun-murder rate in 2010. And gun violence has declined every single year across the nation since then, too.

Perhaps Obama objects to scapegoating and simplistic solutions as a form of trademark infringement.


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Why does Indiana have twice the rate of gun ownership as Illinois (39.1% to 20.2% in 2010) but a lower rate of gun murders (2.2/100K to 2.8/100K)? Vermont, which has almost no restrictions on firearms, only had a 0.3/100K gun-murder rate in 2010.

Answer:
Demographics (per 2010 census)

% of total population self identifying as African American:
Illinois: 14.5% (1.866m)
Indiana: 9.1% (591k)
Vermont: 1.0% (6k)

AzDesertRat on January 12, 2016 at 2:49 PM

or feeds our fears.

WryTrvllr on January 12, 2016 at 3:09 PM

These words from the President are so full of irony that he’d be a natural at working in a Chinese laundry after office.

Oh yeah, all those murders in Chicago are Indiana’s fault. Those Indiana guns just flock to Chicago on their own. No, wait, PEOPLE do that, not the guns. Take away all guns and those same people will fall back on old, trustworthy knives, bats, chainsaws, axes, pick handles, garroting, and …

Only a year and eight days to go!

billrowe on January 12, 2016 at 3:28 PM

Is Trump really so negative? He says he wants to:

“Make America Great Again!”

That is not fear but looking toward the future. Also Trump says we will all be winners again, we will not be taken advantage of, and all that good stuff. None of that is negative, now maybe you can be critical of him for not being detailed enough, etc., but not fearful, but motivational.

Unless…you don’t like America being a winner, or great, etc. Now, that sounds more like Obama. Also Trump, no matter what you think of him, is not the kind of guy who just “hopes” things will turn out ok. That also is a Obama thing…just hoping everything turns out a-ok while on the golf course. Just hoping ObamaCare works, just hoping that Muslim refugees will not go “Cologne” in a American city near you.

Winners do things, dreamers just sit around and hope. Who do you want running America?

William Eaton on January 12, 2016 at 3:41 PM

Is Trump really so negative? He says he wants to:
“Make America Great Again!”

William Eaton on January 12, 2016 at 3:41 PM

Well ya – to the leftists that’s probably the WORST thing he could possibly say. OMG – the horror!!!!!!!

dentarthurdent on January 12, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Why do people fall for this guy’s rhetoric? He who hypothecates about catastrophic climate change, war on women, campus rape, gun violence, accessibility to health care…..can’t wait to hear his grand finale.

georgekaplan on January 12, 2016 at 4:06 PM

This will be the 8th straight SotU address I’ve skipped!

BobM88 on January 12, 2016 at 4:45 PM

I know we all know this, but Barry is a pompous 4ss.

RoddREpub on January 12, 2016 at 4:48 PM

F*ck you, you grubby little rat commie bastard.

M240H on January 12, 2016 at 12:27 PM

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Aw, c’mon now. Don’t try to hold in your feelings. Write what you really think!

meerbock on January 12, 2016 at 4:50 PM

% of total population self identifying as African American:
Illinois: 14.5% (1.866m)
Indiana: 9.1% (591k)
Vermont: 1.0% (6k)

AzDesertRat on January 12, 2016 at 2:49 PM

I live about an hour south of VT and I don’t believe 1% VT black pop

rik on January 12, 2016 at 5:22 PM

King Zero is a PUTZ.

rik on January 12, 2016 at 12:51 PM

.
Perhaps even a ‘schvantz’, maybe even a ‘peteleh’. My own opinion is that he is actually a ‘pitseleh, schvartzeh vyzoso’. He also has considerable talent being a ‘ganzeh macher, and as a ‘gonif’, a ‘nudge’, a ‘nebbisch’, a ‘schnorrer’, a yukel’, a k’vatch, a schliemiel, and most obviously, a ‘feggeleh.

meerbock on January 12, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Perhaps even a ‘schvantz’, maybe even a ‘peteleh’. My own opinion is that he is actually a ‘pitseleh, schvartzeh vyzoso’. He also has considerable talent being a ‘ganzeh macher, and as a ‘gonif’, a ‘nudge’, a ‘nebbisch’, a ‘schnorrer’, a yukel’, a k’vatch, a schliemiel, and most obviously, a ‘feggeleh.

meerbock on January 12, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Yiddishe kop

rik on January 12, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Perhaps even a ‘schvantz’, maybe even a ‘peteleh’. My own opinion is that he is actually a ‘pitseleh, schvartzeh vyzoso’. He also has considerable talent being a ‘ganzeh macher, and as a ‘gonif’, a ‘nudge’, a ‘nebbisch’, a ‘schnorrer’, a yukel’, a k’vatch, a schliemiel, and most obviously, a ‘feggeleh.

meerbock on January 12, 2016 at 5:45 PM

He’s a schnook, kellbel, koyalumel and his wife is a bulvan

P.S. don’t spell check me bro

rik on January 12, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Why do people fall for this guy’s rhetoric? He who hypothecates about catastrophic climate change, war on women, campus rape, gun violence, accessibility to health care…..can’t wait to hear his grand finale.

georgekaplan on January 12, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Why, quite simply, you wingnut, the left does not define those as fears. They are simply fake, but accurate.

Axeman on January 12, 2016 at 7:42 PM

THE RACE BAITING PIMP IN CHIEF SPEAKS.

RdLake on January 12, 2016 at 8:36 PM

We don’t need people who feed on our fears, now, if we don’t do something about the weather we are all be cooked!!

Dollayo on January 13, 2016 at 6:04 AM

Bump.

Still waiting on an answer to these querstions. If CD won’t answer, maybe some other of our resident leftists would like to take a shot:

What evidence suggests to you that Obama can be trusted to deal with his opponents honestly?

What evidence suggests to you that Obama’s gun control proposals are “based in reality”?

What evidence suggests to you that the NRA’s position is not based in reality?

GrumpyOldFart on January 13, 2016 at 5:47 PM

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