Obama Condemns Violent Campaign Rhetoric, But Has His Own Thrown Back In His Face

Video Transcript:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We have heard vulgar and divisive rhetoric aimed at women and minorities and Americans who don’t look like us or pray like us or vote like we do. For it is a cycle that is not an accurate reflection of America. And it has to stop. I reject any effort to spread fear or encourage violence or to shut people down when they’re trying to speak or turn Americans against one another.

Oh but it wasn’t too long ago, he used divisive rhetoric to get himself elected.

OBAMA: I don’t want the folks who created the mess, do a lot of talking. I just want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they’re independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face. We talk to these folks because they potentially had the best answers so I know whose ass to kick.

A Donald Trump spokeswoman referenced a controversial comment Obama made during the ’08 election.

KATRINA PIERSON: If we want to talk about inciting violence, where is the interview when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama when they’re talking about bringing a gun to a knife fight? When they’re inciting violence against police officers?

JAKE TAPPER: Well, I mean, the line from The Untouchables about bringing a gun to a knife fight I think people recognized that was an illusion…

PIERSON: I don’t think so. I didn’t. I didn’t recognize that. Absolutely not.

TAPPER: You should check out the film The Untouchables.

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