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Obama Talks Dangers of Trump Campaign, Golf With Bill Murray on ‘Kimmel’

President also praises Hillary Clinton and voices support for Chicago Cubs

President Obama sat down with Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday to lay out his case against Donald Trump. “There is something qualitatively different about the way Trump has operated in the political sphere,” Obama asserted. “If you are willing to say anything and do anything, even when it undermines everything that’s been built by previous generations, that’s a problem.”

The president acknowledged that democracy can be a messy process. “Republicans and Democrats have some fierce disagreements,” he noted. “We’re a big diverse country, and sometimes it’s going to be contentious and noisy.”

But he suggested that Trump’s campaign exists in a malicious world of its own making. “What we haven’t seen before is somebody questioning the integrity of elections and the will of the people,” Obama explained. “What we haven’t seen before is a politics based on putting down, in very explicit terms, Muslim Americans who are patriots, or describing women not in terms of their intellect or their character, but on a one to 10 score.”

Obama also affirmed his strong support for Hillary Clinton. “I can say, having worked with her, she is smart as a whip, she does her homework, she works really hard, she cares deeply about working families in this country,” he said. “She’s not somebody who thinks the job is about flash and sizzle and making speeches. It’s about getting policy right and making sure that folks are doing a little bit better.” Later he added, “I think she will be an outstanding president.”

After talking shop, Kimmel pushed his guest to comment on apolitical topics, like the Chicago Cubs advancing to the world series. “I am rooting for my hometown team, even though it is not my team,” the White Sox fan said. Bill Murray, a prominent Cubs supporter, recently visited the White House in a Cubs shirt. “I don’t usually allow that to happen,” Obama admitted. “Most people come with a shirt and tie. It was Bill Murray, so I get no tie, but don’t rub it in with a Cubs jersey on.”

Murray’s visit resulted in competitive golf putting on the carpet of the Oval Office. “He won repeatedly,” Obama said. Then the President squeezed in one more joke at Trump’s expense: “The glass was rigged!”

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