Trump surrogate: Obama has an ‘otherness’
Okay, so he was born here, but he’s really not like us, is what Alex Castellanos is dog-whistling.
“I think the big question about Obama is not where he was born or his faith. The big question about Obama is has he been — has he considered himself more of a globalist than an American,” Alex Castellanos told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, before adding, “There is an otherness to this president. And people have tried to exploit that politically in different way.”
Conservative use of “otherness” dates back to Obama’s first term when he was accused of being a Kenyan Muslim and harboring “anti-colonial” feelings towards the U.S.
Faced with criticism over his comment, Castellanos – the head of the pro-Trump Rebuilding America Now super PAC — took to Twitter to try and explain away his terminology.
“otherness: not faith or race but his cool detachment, intellectual distance + oblig to global v. US responsibilities,” tweeted the GOP messaging guru, making the case for saying he meant Obama was too “cool” and detached.