“But there are a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, you know, the fact that Trump says racist things about Mexicans, or puts detainees, undocumented workers in cages, they think that’s less important than the fact that he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion.”
Mr Obama also told hosts Charlamagne tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee that Mr Trump’s Republican party had encouraged white men to see themselves as victims.
“You’ve seen created, in Republican politics, this sense that white males are victims,” he said.
“They’re the ones who are like under attack. Which obviously doesn’t jibe with both history and data and economics.”
Mr Obama was appearing on the podcast to tout his new book, A Promised Land, which has sold 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week.
What’s the background?
It is not clear what Mr Obama was specifically referring to in his remark about gay marriage. A week after being elected in 2016, Mr Trump said he was “fine with” the US Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex unions, though he told CNN a year earlier he was for “traditional marriage”.
Mr Obama first ran for the presidency in 2008 opposed to gay marriage, before saying in 2012 that he was in favour.