Trump not fit to be president, says Obama
IN a searing and virtually unprecedented presidential rebuke, Barack Obama declared embattled Republican White House nominee Donald Trump “unfit” to be president and called on party leaders to disown their candidate.
Mr Obama piled on as Mr Trump’s campaign reeled from multiple selfinflicted scandals, calling the 70-yearold mogul “woefully unprepared” and “unfit to serve as president”.
“He keeps proving it,” said Mr Obama on Aug 2, standing alongside the prime minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and casting aside any pretence of domestic unity.
In recent days, Mr Trump has criticised Muslims, babies, firefighters and the military, prompting his wincing Republican backers to issue awkward denunciations.
Congressman Richard Hanna went one step further, becoming the first Republican lawmaker to say he will vote for Mr Trump’s opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, in the November election.
“I find Trump deeply flawed in endless ways,” Mr Hanna wrote in a newspaper editorial announcing his decision.
Mr Obama turned up the heat on Republicans who appear increasingly ill at ease with Mr Trump but have not withdrawn their endorsement.
“This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe,” Mr Obama said. “This is daily and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making.
“There has to be a point in which you say, ‘This is not somebody I can support for president of the United States, even if he purports to be a member of my party’.
“There has to come a point at which you say ‘enough’.” –