Watch: Obama Says Trump ‘Unfit To Serve As President,’ ‘Woefully Unprepared’

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President Barack Obama, getting involved in a presidential election like no previous president has done in US history, said today that Donald Trump is “unfit” for the presidency because he lacks “basic knowledge” of world affairs and is “woefully unprepared to do this job.”

In an attack on the Republican nominee’s temperament and work ethic, Obama called on Republican leaders who have denounced some of Trump’s most inflammatory statements in recent days and weeks to cut ties with their party’s candidate.

“The question they have to ask themselves is if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has to say is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Obama asked. “What does this say about your party that he is your standard bearer?”

Obama was responding most immediately to Trump’s belittling of the Muslim American parents of a dead U.S. soldier. But he went on to describe a series of statements by the Republican nominee that Obama said transcended mere “gaffes” or policy disagreements.

In the same interview in which Trump criticized Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of the slain soldier, he also seemed not to realize that Russian troops were fighting on behalf of separatist rebels in Ukraine.

Trump’s remarks about the Khan family prompted Sen. John McCain, R.-Ariz, to issue a lengthy, and sharply worded denunciation on Monday. “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement,” McCain wrote. In June House Speaker Paul Ryan questioned Trump’s insistence that a federal judge’s Mexican heritage made him unfit to hear lawsuits involving the now-defunct Trump University. “It’s reasoning I don’t relate to,” Ryan, R-Wis., said.

Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have also expressed support for the Khans.

Obama, who spoke a White House news conference with Singapore’s prime minister, said the Republican leaders’ words were not enough and called on McCain, Ryan and McConnell to withdraw their endorsements of Trump.

“There has to be a point at which you say this is not somebody you can support as president of the United States,” Obama said. “The fact that that has not happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow.”

Despite policy differences with previous Republican presidential candidates, such as McCain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Obama said he never questioned their ability to do the job. He said the Republican leaders’ continued backing of their nominee “effectively endorses and validates the positions that are being articulated by Mr. Trump.”

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8 COMMENTS

  1. And Hussein Obama is qualified? It is true that any angle that you look a these elections, it’s both tragic and actually quite comical at the same time, but Hussein is no authority either. Four more years of this phony would spell doom for the free world! I cannot think of a more pathetic presidency!

  2. “Trump…lacks “basic knowledge” of world affairs and is “woefully unprepared to do this job.”
    Now look who’s calling the kettle…OH

  3. Work and play.

    Donald Trump is mainly and only a property manager. His wit and his chance is the dream of just buying and selling the American Dream.

    If he actually won this election, one would wonder what the property would be to manage. Could it be the dollar or the cent? Certainly his face on the dime is not a plan anyone could possibly stomach.

    Careless hate.

      • Hmm. Does congress not qualify a man to hold office? Clever deception of sin on your part. Israel must have more faith in our servants in public office. We can use our influence to set them on a good path.

        Could you really think your clever mind is ready for even the future of good fate? I only notice that the GOP hate cry is more arrogant than the Democrat work ethic is pessimistic. This is just poor thought. An Israelite using commerce of lost suggested glory? Clearly you are not learning from Moses.

        Thanks.

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