Trump not fit to be pres­i­dent, says Obama

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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’.” –

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