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Obama Explains Why He Avoids Mentioning Trump by Name

After criticizing Donald Trump without mentioning him by name in Indiana yesterday, PBS’ Gwen Ifill asked President Obama during a town hall why he doesn’t refer to the GOP nominee by name that often.

He has name-dropped Trump occasionally, but yesterday, and at other points in the campaign, Obama has spoken more broadly about hateful rhetoric being thrown around in the campaign.

The reason, he said, he doesn’t mention Trump by name more is that “he seems to do a good job mentioning his own name.”

The president joked, “I’ll let him do his advertising for him.”

Ifill asked if the support for Trump is “backlash against you personally.” Obama proceeded to argue that Trump is, at his core, not very substantially different from the rest of the Republican party that’s attacked him since he took office––even if “he is a more colorful character.”

Watch above, via PBS.

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