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President Barack Obama said he is not surprised by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s rise in the race.

He made the comment Friday while delivering the keynote address at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

From the Washington Post:

How can you be shocked? This is the guy, remember, who was sure that I was born in Kenya — who just wouldn’t let it go. And all this same Republican establishment, they weren’t saying nothing. As long as it was directed at me, they were fine with it. They thought it was a hoot, wanted to get his endorsement. And then now, suddenly, we’re shocked that there’s gambling going on in this establishment,” said Obama.

To read more about Obama’s speech, click here.

SOURCE: The Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform

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