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Barack Obama called Donald Trump a 'fascist' back in 2016
Barack Obama doesn’t usually resort to calling his opponents names. However, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia claims that the former president actually called Donald Trump a “fascist” during a telephone conversation they had during the 2016 election.
This was revealed in a new documentary about Hillary Clinton. Sen. Kaine, who was Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election, was seen telling Clinton of his phone conversation with Obama, Telegraph reported. The senator’s conversation with Clinton was recorded in a video that will be shown as part of the documentary.
“President Obama called me last night and said, ‘Tim, remember, this is no time to be a purist. You've got to keep a fascist out of the White House’,” Kaine told Hillary Clinton. He then added that “knows me and he knows that I could tend to err.”
“I echo that sentiment,” Hillary Clinton replied. “But that's really — the weight of our responsibility is so huge.” The clip will appear on the four-part documentary series which will be available on Hulu starting March 6.
Neither the date when the clip was recorded nor the location of Kaine’s conversation with Clinton is known at the moment. However, “Hillary” director Nanette Burstein confirmed that the clip was recorded by a team hired by the Clinton campaign.
It’s interesting to note that former President Barack Obama rarely attacked publicly Trump since he left the White House, according to NBC News. Calling his predecessor “fascist” is probably one of the sharper attacks Obama did.
In his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, many believe that Obama was referring to Trump when he mentioned “homegrown demagogues” who considered as threats to American values. Obama likewise criticized some of Trump’s decision, such as his exit from the Paris accords as well as the current president’s social media habits.
Earlier, the “Hillary” documentary made waves when The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Clinton attacked her opponent in the Democratic Primary battle Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Nobody likes him,” Clinton reportedly said. “Nobody wants to work with him. He got nothing done. He was a career politician. It was all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”