President Obama held a press conference at the White House with Singapore’s leader on Tuesday morning, and of course among the topics was GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The news cycle over the last four days has been dominated by Trump’s disgusting attacks on a the Khan family, who lost their son, Army Captain Humayun Khan, in the Iraq war in 2004. The Khans happen to be Muslim American citizens, and of course Trump has outrageously called for a ban on Muslim immigration to America and has made many other horrible comments about Muslims and their faith. However, this attack on a military family hit a new low.
The President has clearly had enough, and he blasted Trump and said that he is, quote, “unfit to serve as president.” He also went on to say that Trump’s remarks regarding this Gold Star family, as well as his clear ignorance when it comes to foreign policy renders The Donald “woefully unprepared to do this job.”
Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said that last week, and he keeps on proving it. The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that has made such extraordinary sacrifices to our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues in Europe and the Middle East and Asia means that he’s woefully unprepared to do this job.
The president also went on to slam the GOP leadership for their continued support of Donald Trump, pointing out that this is not a qualified candidate and that this is not a normal election year, where both candidates are actually fit for the office they seek. He said that their denunciations of Trump’s remarks regarding the Khan family “ring hollow” so long as they continue to support Trump for president:
If you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party, that this is your standard-bearer? This isn’t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily.
President Obama is, of course, spot on. This is not a normal election season, and nor is Donald Trump a normal presidential candidate. The GOP must step up and put country before party and completely pull their support for Donald Trump.
Here is video of Obama’s harshest words for Trump yet:
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) August 2, 2016
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