U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye says Donald Trump’s presidential bid shouldn’t be taken lightly.

“I would not push him aside,” Inouye told the Civil Beat editorial board Monday, in response to a question about polling showing the billionaire at the top of the GOP pack.

Inouye dismissed as “nonsense” Trump’s doubts that President Barack Obama may not have been born in the United States.

“I could imagine someone who doesn’t know anything, hardly reads the papers, coming out with statements like that,” said Inouye. “But not a billionaire. And there are a lot of them like that.”

Inouye had praise for Obama’s first term in office.

“Obviously, I’m biased,” Inouye said. “Trying to be as objective as possible, I’d say he’s doing real well. He’s a good communicator.”

But the senator said Obama is not yet at the level of some of his predecessors — something he blamed in large part on today’s aggressive news environment.

“The element of the press, the media, was not as vigorous, active, vocal and as insistent as we find it today,” he said. “And they can kill you or deify you. It does make a difference. And under those circumstances, when you have men who you want to believe would know better, would suggest that, no, he was born in Mozambique or whatever. What kind of nonsense is that?”

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