Barack Obama tore into Donald Trump during an interview published Monday where he said the president is a 'Richie Rich' type and far from the traditional ideal of American masculinity – like John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, he noted.
'I think about the classic male hero in American culture when you and I were growing up: the John Waynes, the Gary Coopers, the Jimmy Stewarts, the Clint Eastwoods, for that matter. There was a code,' Obama told The Atlantic, 'the code of masculinity that I grew up with that harkens back to the '30s and '40s and before that.'
The former president said he thought if a 'right-wing populist' would rise to the presidency, he thought it would be someone 'more appealing' than Trump.
'I'm not surprised that somebody like Trump could get traction in our political life. He's a symptom as much as an accelerant,' Obama said, adding: 'But if we were going to have a right-wing populist in this country, I would have expected somebody a little more appealing.'
'There's a notion that a man is true to his word, that he takes responsibility, that he doesn't complain, that he isn't a bully—in fact he defends the vulnerable against bullies,' Trump's predecessor detailed of American manhood.
Barack Obama lashed out at Donald Trump Monday, calling the president a real-life Richie Rich who complains, lies and doesn't take responsibility
Obama said that Trump is far from the idol of American manlihood, which he claims are more like the types John Wayne (left) or Clint Eastwood (right) played in movies
On the other hand, Richie Rich is a character (portrayed by Macaulay Culkin here in 1994) who was the richest kid in the world and got everything he wanted
'And so even if you are someone who is annoyed by wokeness and political correctness and wants men to be men again and is tired about everyone complaining about the patriarchy, I thought that the model wouldn't be Richie Rich—the complaining, lying, doesn't-take-responsibility-for-anything type of figure,' Obama said.
Richie Rich was a comic character created in the 1950's and was the world's richest kid, getting anything he could possibly want – and was dubbed 'the poor little rich boy.' The comics were made into a TV cartoon and eventually were adapted into a movie starring Macaulay Culkin in the 1990's.
Obama says Trump is more Richie Rich than John Wayne, nicknamed Duke, an actor who became a popular icon through his starring