Obama Comments on Donald Trump GOP Candidacy

The president said, "This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show."
3:22 | 05/06/16

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What would respect the Republican process. And mr. trump. There's every point it time to talk about. His positions on various issues. He has. A long. Record. That needs to be examined. And I think it's important for us take seriously the statements he's made in the past. But most importantly and I I speak to all of you in this room is as reporters. As laws the American public. I think. I just want to emphasize the degree to which we are serious times and this is really serious. This is not entertainment. There's not a reality show. Mrs. A contest for. The presence through the United States and what that means is that. Every candidate. Every nominee. Needs to be subject to. Exacting standards and genuine school. It means that. You gotta make sure that their budgets. At a it means that if they saved. They got to answer to a problem that. It is actually plausible. And that they have details for how would work. And if it's completely implausible and would not work. That needs to be reportable the American people need to know that. If they take a position on international issues that could threaten war. Or. Has the potential of a pending. Our critical relationships with other countries or would. Potentially break. The financial system that needs to be reporter. And one thing that I'm gonna. Really be looking for over the next six months is. The American people are effectively informed. About where candidates stand on the issues what they believe. Making sure that their numbers at a making sure the their policies have been better. And it's. Candidates are held to. What they've said in the past. And if that happens then I'm confident our democracy will work. And that's true whether we're Burma mr. trump for ms. Clinton. Bernie Sanders or anybody else. What but what I'm concerned about is the degree to which. Reporting and information. Start emphasizing the spectacle in the circus. Because with that's not something we can afford. And the American people they've got very good judgment they've got good instincts. As long as they get good information.

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