President of the United States, Barack Obama on Monday took part in the ‘Mean Tweets’ segment of the Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he trolled the Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump using his own punch line. When asked if he ever laughed watching the Republican nominee on the television, President Obama replied, “most of the time”.
But that was not it, responding to a ‘mean tweet’ by Trump, in which he had said that President Obama would go down as the worst president in the history of the United States, Obama said, “Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I will go down as a president.”
In light of President Obama’s recent comments and the Republican candidate’s growing popularity (kidding!), here are five incidents when President Obama trolled Trump:
Jimmy Kimmel Live
October 24, 2016, was the night of sarcastic truths and funny one-liners and President Obama did not hold back when it came to expressing his views on the Republican presidential candidate. Responding to a question by Kimmel on whether he had been woken up in the middle of the night to deal with emergencies, Obama confirmed that it had happened ‘three or four times’. “What I don’t do at 3am is tweet about people who have insulted me,” he said taking a dig at Trump.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Obama’s criticism of Trump reached its zenith in August when he declared him “unfit for serve as president”. Calling Obama “woefully unprepared for the job”, Obama said, “This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. There has to be a point in which you say: ‘This is not somebody I can support for president of the United States, even if he purports to be a member of my party’,” AFP reported.
Hillary Clinton event
Earlier this month, President Obama participated in a Clinton campaign election in his home state of Illinois. Commenting on the allegations of sexual abuse against Trump, Obama questioned if people were ‘actually going to risk giving Donald Trump the power to roll back all the progress’ the country had made. “I don’t need to repeat it. There are children in the room… Demeaning, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled… He puffs himself up by putting other people down,” AFP reported.
National Democratic Convention
In yet another classic take on Trump, Obama while addressing the National Democratic Convention in July said, “And then there’s Donald Trump. He’s not really a plans guy. Not really a facts guy, either.” “Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion,” he added.
White House Correspondents Dinner 2011
Obama’s aversion to Trump is not new. While addressing the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2011, Obama had casually said, “Donald Trump is here tonight. And I know that he’s taken some flak lately. But no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than ‘The Donald,’.”