President Barack Obama voiced his concern with the current state of the Republican Party. The president said the ideal situation for Americans would be to have "two parties that are serious and trying to solve problems" (video below).
During an interview on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon that will air on June 9, Obama discussed the state of the 2016 presidential race. Fallon asked the president if he believed Republicans were happy to have business mogul Donald Trump as their nominee.
“We are,” Obama deadpanned, drawing laughs from the audience.
The president then changed his tone, admitting that it troubled him that Trump had become the GOP nominee. He stated that the was worried about the Republican Party, adding that he knew his comments could be misconstrued as condescending.
“But democracy works -- this country works -- when you have two parties that are serious and trying to solve problems,” Obama said, according to Business Insider. “And they’ve got philosophical differences, and they have fierce debates, and they argue and they contest elections.”
The president said the U.S. deserves a solid two-party system but made it clear that he did not believe Trump could execute the duties of the presidency.
“So I am actually not enjoying, and I haven’t been enjoying over the last seven years, watching some of the things that have happened in the Republican Party, ‘cause there’s some good people in the Republican Party,” the president continued.
“There are wonderful Republicans out in the country who want what’s best for the country and may disagree with me on some things but are good, decent people. But what’s happened in that party culminating in this current nomination, I think, is not actually good for the country as a whole.”
The president concluded that Democrats should not be pleased with what they perceive to be a dysfunctional Republican Party. Instead, he said he hoped that after the 2016 election, the GOP “get back to being a center-right party ... And we start figurin’ how to work together.”
Obama has voiced these concerns before. On May 12, during an interview with The Daily Targum, the president expressed frustration with how ideologically stubborn the GOP had become.
“The challenge has been a Republican Party that has become increasingly ideological and extreme, and I think that’s reflected in the current presidential race,” Obama said.
The president added “My sense is that there will be a corrective at some point, perhaps after this next presidential election.”
Trump has signaled he will attack his likely general election opponent, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, partially based upon the legacy of Obama.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton will be a disaster on jobs, the economy, trade, health care, the military, guns and just about all else,” the Trump tweeted out to his social media followers. “Obama plus!”