Obama takes is­sue with Trump and his sup­port­ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Dar­lene Su­perville

GREENSBORO, N.C. >> Ex­pos­ing the na­tion’s sharp po­lit­i­cal di­vi­sions as Elec­tion Day nears, sup­port­ers of Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump re­peat­edly in­ter­rupted Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tues­day as he urged North Carolina Democrats to take ad­van­tage of early vot­ing and cast their pres­i­den­tial bal­lots for Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Obama also de­liv­ered a sharp in­dict­ment of Repub­li­cans who con­tinue to sup­port Trump’s bid de­spite hear­ing him on a re­cently re­leased video record­ing from 2005 talk­ing in vul­gar terms about mak­ing un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances to­ward women.

“The fact that now you’ve got peo­ple say­ing, ‘Well, we strongly dis­ap­prove. We re­ally dis­agree. We find those com­ments dis­gust­ing. But we’re still en­dors­ing him. We still think he should be pres­i­dent.’ That doesn’t make sense to me,” Obama told sev­eral thousand peo­ple at a rau­cous out­door rally.

“Now I hear then some peo­ple say­ing, ‘Well, I’m a Chris­tian so I’m all about for­give­ness be­cause no­body’s per­fect,’” Obama said. “Well, that is true. I am cer­tainly not per­fect ... and I, too, believe in for­give­ness and re­demp­tion, but that doesn’t mean I’m go­ing to elect the per­son pres­i­dent.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “sick­ened” by Trump’s com­ments on the record­ing, and he re­scinded an in­vi­ta­tion for Trump to join him at a week­end rally in his Wis­con­sin con­gres­sional dis­trict. But Ryan has not pulled his en­dorse­ment of Trump, as some other Repub­li­cans have. Still, he has told fel­low House Repub­li­cans he would not de­fend Trump or cam­paign with him and would fo­cus on pro­tect­ing the House GOP ma­jor­ity.

Obama said some Repub­li­cans were try­ing to have it both ways.

“You can’t re­peat­edly de­nounce what is said by some­one and then say, ‘But I’m still go­ing to en­dorse him to be the most pow­er­ful per­son on the planet’ and put them in charge,” he said.

Sev­eral min­utes after Obama started speak­ing, a young man and a woman who ap­peared to be Trump sup­port­ers moved to­ward the stage and re­vealed Tshirts that said “Bill Clin­ton Rapist.” They were quickly es­corted out by se­cu­rity.

Im­me­di­ately be­fore Sun­day’s pres­i­den­tial de­bate in St. Louis, Trump ap­peared with three women who have ac­cused for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton of com­mit­ting sex­ual crimes against them. Clin­ton was never charged in those cases. The women later at­tended the de­bate.

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