President Obama delivered brutal criticism of Donald Trump on Tuesday at the White House, accusing him of being wholly unfit to serve as commander-in-chief and asking Republicans why they are still backing him.
During a press conference at the White House with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Obama posed the question to the Republican Party: “If you are repeatedly having to say what Trump says is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?”
The president’s remarks come amid Trump’s ongoing feud with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a slain U.S. soldier who criticized Trump at the Democratic National Convention.
Obama said Trump “keeps on proving” that he is unfit to be president, especially in light of his criticisms of a Gold Star family which was featured prominently at last week’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia. “The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that had made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe, in the Middle East, in Asia means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job,” the president said at a joint news conference with the prime minister of Singapore.
He also went after Republicans who criticize Trump’s comments and actions but still support him. “The question you have to ask yourself is, if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Obama said.
A number of Gold Star families, who have lost a family member serving in the military, called for Trump to apologize after he implied that Khan’s wife didn’t speak because of Islam traditions.
Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and former prisoner of war John McCain, distanced themselves from Trump following his rebuttal. But few so far have used the comments as a chance to revoke their endorsements.
“What does this say about your party that this is your standard bearer? This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe,” Obama said. “There has to be a point in which you say ‘This is not somebody I can support for president of the United States.”
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