Yes, I forced myself to listen to about 40 minutes of the presidents of America, Canada and Mexico. It was dreadful, cringe-provoking. But, for YOU PEOPLE, I DID IT 🙂
The HUGE HUGE elephant in the room was; DONALD TRUMP, whose name, I believe, only actually got mentioned by the press. But, the 3 presidents certainly talked about him. Oh, yes, they certainly did. Troudeau was polite, didn’t really say anything too negative.
When the Mexican Pres was asked if he wanted to take back having called Trump “like a NAZI or Mussolini” said “I stick by what I’ve said.” He went on saying that one can’t be simplistic in solving problems…inferring about the wall, of course.
The term POPULIST was brought up and Obama said “Someone who says something controversial to win votes isn’t a populist.” He went on to explain how Bernie is a populist because HE has worked so hard for years to improve the plight of his fellow man (I paraphrase, but that’s it), shaking his head woefully at the implication that Trump could compete on that level.
He also inserted later in the conference how Canadian and American auto workers are so happy with him because he saved the auto industry, though what he did wasn’t popular…HE knew what was best and now all are very happy. (I wanted to puke)
Obama might as well have called Trump a Klan Leader when he used terms like “Xenophobic” and “Nativist” and “demagogue“….even CNN’s analysts later said “He hates him since Trump questioned his birthplace.” Even VERY liberal Dana Bash said “I’m old enough to remember when presidents didn’t talk about elections and candidates when they were in other countries.” She added “now both sides do it.” Nobody asked “Which Republican insults Americans from outside the country? (Hint: NONE)
Obama insinuated STRONGLY that Trump was a threat to America’s values…that immigrants have come for years to America amid people wanting them to leave… (which is true) but to infer today’s Muslim immigrants who might be jihadists are the same as the lovely Italian family who moved into the Bronx in 1922 and couldn’t want to be Americans is JUST PLAIN STUPID.
That’s it from ME, your CUB REPORTER! There was more, but….I couldn’t do too much more!