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Ben Stein Ignites Controversy With Strongly Worded Attack on Obama: The President Has a 'Real Strong Hatred for America

"He’s a very real danger.."

Actor Ben Stein speaks during the Family Research Council's 2007 Washington briefing October 19, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Former presidential speechwriter Ben Stein slammed President Barack Obama Tuesday, saying that the president has a "real strong hatred for America."

During an interview with "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, Stein likened the president to a "bad joke."

"Mr. Obama has been wrong from day one about ISIS. He called them a JV team, he said that they weren’t really serious or important. He has not, in any sense, addressed their threat," Stein said. "And he is a bad joke, as the leader of the most important nation in the world, he’s a bad joke."

When Malzberg mentioned radio host Rush Limbaugh's comments Tuesday that "Obama is a danger to the safety of this nation," Stein responded, "Oh, he’s a very real danger."

Stein added that he believes there is "no question" that President Obama "does not wish America well" and "has a real strong hatred of America."

"We just know that in terms of being a forthright, bold leader who takes on our enemies, he’s not there. He’s missing in action," Stein concluded.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) has recently also been highly critical of President Obama and his strategy to fight the Islamic State.

On Monday, the Texas Republican told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that he believes the president is unwilling to lead on the international stage because he sees American leadership as "illegitimate."

Editors Note: This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Steve Malzberg's name.

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