In an attempt to persuade Hispanic voters, Obama referred to independent thinkers as “enemies” during a radio interview:
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of, ‘we’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder,” Obama had said.
According to Reuters, Obama subsequently tried to tone down his comments:
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He was backtracking from a comment he made a week ago in an interview with Univision radio in which he sought to persuade Hispanics to vote for Democratic candidates instead of Republicans.
It’s much easier for Obama to call Americans who disagree with his policies “enemies” than it is for him to say the words “war on terror.”
An unscripted Obama provides a glimpse of his true feelings.