How President Obama Hit Donald Trump

President Obama’s broadside Tuesday against Donald Trump’s comments about Muslims marked the deepest he has waded into the race for the election of his successor, but the speech was about more than just one election. Obama never referred to Trump by name, but he was the obvious target of Obama, who called him “dangerous,” ill-informed, and accused him of demagoguery. “We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests that entire religious communities are complicit in violence,” Obama said. “Where does this stop?” Flanked by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the speech left reporters struggling for precedent as Obama warned Trump’s rhetoric was undermining the fabric of the country and contributing to radicalization. Obama did little to highlight his administration’s own plan against ISIS and extremism beyond pointing to the roster of terrorists he has ordered killed. But he found allies among Republicans who either didn’t defend Trump from Obama’s assault, or joined with him in condemning Trump’s rhetoric.

It’s over. The District of Columbia primary Tuesday marked the end of primary and caucus season after four-and-a-half months. At the start there were three Democrats (Bye O’Malley) and more than 10 Republicans (it’s hard keeping all those names straight). The Republican National Convention starts on July 18 and the Democratic National Convention a week later. The outcomes are preordained (Sorry, Bernie—who may be coming to that realization himself, announcing an address to his supporters Thursday night to outline his path forward), but the intra-party squabbles over how the parties govern themselves—and even what they stand for—will continue through next month.

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