In commenting on the president’s El Paso speech, Scott Johnson sums it up:
Those who disagree with Obama are not credited with respectable views. Obama disparages his opponents as acting in bad faith. In this context, of course, the bad faith amounts to racism.
The question is not just why the president insists on disparaging his opponents, but also why some many of those in the media so ready to disparage his predecessor as a divisive leader refuse to denounce the incumbent a rhetorical style which borders (as Johnson puts it) on demagogic and is hardly presidential.