Obama: ‘It’s Always Good to Ignore Donald Trump’

Nov 5, 2012 2:51pm

In a radio interview this morning with “Pedro Biaggi en la Manana” on El Zol 107.9 FM, President Obama was asked what he thought of Donald Trump’s stunt two weeks ago, offering to make a $5 million donation to charity if Obama released his academic records.

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“So, did you choose to ignore him?” Biaggi asked.

“Well, it’s always good to ignore Donald Trump,” Obama replied. “I think it’s always a good rule.”

Obama, who has said he has never met Trump in person, joked last month that the media mogul seems to have it out for him because of a long-standing grudge from their childhoods in Africa.

“You know, this all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya,” Obama kidded with “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, alluding to Trump’s repeated birther claims. “We had constant run-ins on the soccer field, and he wasn’t very good at it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over.”

Obama’s appearance on entertainment programs and other lighter radio shows targeting constituencies of color comes as part of a final push to mobilize voters before Tuesday’s vote.

The president told Biaggi of 107.9 FM that a big turnout among Latinos — America’s fastest-growing minority voting bloc — would send an unmistakable signal to lawmakers in Washington.

“If the Latino vote is strong, it does two things,” Obama said. “Number one, we win the election. Number two, it will also send a message to both the Democratic and Republican parties that the Latino community has to be respected and that issues that are important like health care and education and immigration reform and small business, all those issues have to be addressed.

“I think it will really be a sign of the Latino community’s coming of age, politically,” he said.

You can listen to the full interview HERE.

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