President Trump’s statements prompt questions about as he references Obama instead of Biden on several occasions and Trump fires back.
Trump Responds to The Controversy
Former President Donald Trump has acknowledged the ongoing discussions and criticisms surrounding his references to former President Barack Obama instead of President Joe Biden in past rallies and interviews.
He Says He’s Doing It ‘Sarcastically’
Trump quickly clarified that this was not due to any confusion, as some have speculated.
Instead, he claims to have done so “sarcastically” as a strategic commentary on the perceived influence of others in shaping the country’s policies.
Trump Mentions Obama Instead of Biden
Trump’s frequent references to Obama instead of Biden have been a recurring theme, with many interpreting it as a sign of potential confusion.
Trump Says These References Are Intentional
However, Trump responds to this perspective, asserting that these references are a deliberate and sarcastic tactic aimed at highlighting the influence of other individuals in the political landscape.
Trump Speaks Out
In a post on Truth Social, Trump addresses the criticism, stating, “Whenever I sarcastically insert the name Obama for Biden as an indication that others may actually be having a very big influence in running our Country…”
‘Democrat’s Radical Left Disinformation Machine’
This assertion of intentional sarcasm is paired with criticism of political opponents, such as Ron DeSantis, and what Trump refers to as the “Democrat’s Radical Left ‘Disinformation Machine.'”
He Says He Never Mixes Them Up
He refutes allegations of cognitive impairment, asserting that he knows both names well, never mixes them up, and is fully aware of the state of the country.
Allegedly Aces His Cognitive Test
To emphasize his mental acuity, Trump talks about having recently taken a cognitive test during his physical exam and claims to have “aced it.”
‘A Perfect Score!’
“Also, and as reported, I just took a cognitive test as part of my Physical Exam and ACED it. Also, ACED (a perfect score!) one taken while in the White House.
Interview With Radio Host
The former president’s use of this sarcasm becomes evident in a radio interview with Brian Kilmeade, where he seamlessly integrates references to both Obama and Biden when discussing matters related to Iran.
Trump References Obama Again
“It’s all coming through Iran. And Obama wants to he doesn’t want to talk about it. He doesn’t want to mention he doesn’t even mention them in his statements. It’s all coming through Iran,” Trump says.
‘Well, You Mean President Biden…’
Brian Kilmeade responds, “Well, you mean President Biden. So but right now.” “I also mean Obama,” Trump says.
Conversation Between Trump and Kilmeade
Brian Kilmeade: What do you mean?
Donald Trump: You know Obama and Biden. But Obama is Biden’s boss. Guess you didn’t really know that.
Brian Kilmeade: Do you believe it? You believe President Obama —
Donald Trump: In the past? I don’t think I don’t think Biden knows what’s happening, to be honest with you. I think Obama is calling these shots…”
Trump Says Obama Is the ‘Boss’
Kilmeade attempts to correct the apparent confusion, but Trump insists on incorporating Obama into the narrative, asserting that Obama is Biden’s “boss.”
This interaction highlights Trump’s commitment to his chosen rhetorical approach, blurring the lines between sarcasm and sincerity.
Trump Calls for Obama’s Resignation
Even during a recent rally, Trump shared an anecdote about a world leader purportedly calling for Obama’s resignation “and be replaced by Trump” several weeks ago, despite Biden currently holding the presidency.
The Impact on Public Perception
The choice to respond to these situations defensively, even when using sarcasm, sparks inquiries into the motivations behind these statements and how they affect public perception.
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