It has been a disastrous campaign from day one but somehow, maybe because he said all the things that stroke the Republicans’ ego, Donald Trump managed to outwit and outlast all the other contenders for president.But when Trump decided to take on Gold Parents, Khizr and Gazala Khan, whose son died in Iraq while defending the United States, the current Commander-in-Chief refused to stay quiet.
Obama called Trump “unfit” to serve in the White House, and gave a blistering denunciation of the GOP presidential nominee.
“He said it was long past time for Republicans to revoke their endorsements of Trump, noting that his criticisms of the businessman were shared by many in the GOP.
“Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,” Obama said. “I said so last week, and he keeps on proving it.”
“This is not just my opinion,” Obama continued, pointing to the “repeated denunciations” of Trump’s statements by top Republicans including SpeakerPaul Ryan(R-Wis.), Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell(R-Ky.) and Sen.John McCain(R-Ariz.).
“The question, I think, they have to ask themselves is, if they are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Obama asked.”What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?”
What made Obama’s comments all the more striking is that they did not come at a political convention or a rally with Democratic nomineeHillary Clinton, but at a joint White House press conference with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore.Obama said Trump’s latest controversy — the feud with the Khans — was not “an episodic gaffe,” noting GOP leaders are forced to address the businessman’s comments almost daily.
“There has to come a point at which you say ‘enough,” Obama said.0