Monday, President Obama was interviewed by Trevor Noah on the Daily Show concerning recent allegations that Russia interfered in the U.S. elections.
During the interview, Obama claims he was concerned about the “state of our democracy” and said the email leaks were “frankly not very interesting emails” and asked how those leaked emails that he believed “didn’t have any explosive information in them” became “an obsession” for the American public.
Obama criticized President-elect Trump for what be believes to have been a serious call on Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails, as opposed to a jest made during his campaign. He concludes that people became more obsessed with the actual emails then with the hacks that took place as confirmed by a “consensus” of unnamed “intelligence agencies.”
According to Obama, “The real question that I think we all have to reflect on is what’s happened to our political system where some emails that were hacked and released ended up being the overwhelming story and the constant source of coverage, breathless coverage that was depicted as somehow damning in all sorts of ways — when the truth of the matter was it was fairly routine stuff. ”
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