Obama says don’t blame him for Trump, GOP ‘crackup’


President Obama on Thursday flatly rejected accusations that he is responsible for the rise of Donald Trump and the Republican primary “crackup,” saying the GOP has only itself to blame for the tinsel-haired showman’s stunning success.

“I have been blamed by Republicans for a lot of things, but being blamed for their primaries and who they’re selecting for their party is novel,” Obama told reporters at a joint press conference with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“What I’m not going to do is to validate some notion that the Republican crackup that’s been taking place is a consequence of actions that I’ve taken,” the president said.

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