According to The Hill:
“President Obama on Wednesday lambasted Donald Trump, disputing the notion that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has earned the title of “populist.”
“I’m not prepared to concede the notion that some of the rhetoric that’s been popping up is populist,” Obama said in Ottawa after a summit meeting with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.
Obama did not mention Trump by name during his self-described “rant” that seemed to hit the GOP candidate because he has “never shown any regard for workers, has never fought on behalf of social justice issues” and instead has “worked against economic opportunity for workers and ordinary people.”
“They don’t suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes,” the president said at a press conference.
“That’s not the measure of populism. That’s nativism, or xenophobia, or worse. Or it’s just cynicism.”
Obama said his fight during his eight years in office for better healthcare and education for the underprivileged and his push to reform Wall Street shows he is the true populist.”