President Obama is, once again, using his foreign relations forays to insert himself into the presidential election at home.
You may recall him bashing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump as he attended the Group of Seven economic summit in Japan during his Asia apology tour in May.
And today, as he hosted the prime minister of Singapore (whose name he struggled to pronounce) for a state visit to the White House, Obama apparently felt it was the perfect time to declare Trump “woefully unprepared” and “unfit” to be president. He went even further, using his bully pulpit to call on Republicans to withdraw their endorsements of Trump.
@CNN This president is an embarrassment to the highest office in the nation…using a press con w Singapore PM to disparage the Rep nominee
— Political Junkie (@PoliticBabe) August 2, 2016
Yup — what else is new?
More via The Washington Times:
Escalating his criticism of Donald Trump to an unusual degree for a sitting president, President Obama said Tuesday that the Republican nominee is “woefully unprepared” for the White House and called on Republican leaders to withdraw their endorsements.
At a news conference at the White House, Mr. Obama said Mr. Trump is “unfit to serve as president.”
“He keeps on proving it,” Mr. Obama said, referring to Mr. Trump’s feud with the Khan family, Muslims whose son was killed in Iraq while serving in the U.S. military.
“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,” Mr. Obama said.
Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John McCain of Arizona all have issued statements in recent days supporting the Khans and their sacrifice, distancing themselves from Mr. Trump’s war of words with the family. The president said party leaders should go further and pull their endorsements of their presidential nominee.
“If you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him?” Mr. Obama said. “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 and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making.”
He said of the GOP leaders, “There has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding, to occupy the most powerful position in the world because a lot of people depend on the White House getting stuff right.”
Mr. Obama’s increasing criticism of the Republican nominee is rare in modern times for a two-term incumbent president on his way out of office. George W. Bush mostly stayed out of the 2008 race, with the nation in a deep recession and his poll numbers low. Ronald Reagan didn’t inject himself much into the 1988 race, either.
But Mr. Obama is taking it upon himself to compare Mr. Trump unfavorably with previous GOP presidential candidates and presidents, claiming he’s not qualified for the highest office in the land.
Naturally, the president’s choice of words — “woefully unprepared” — struck many of us as more than a little rich, coming from the community organizer who then voted ‘present’ during his brief tenure as senator before running for the highest office in the land.
— Tom Kovach (@TKovachNashvil) August 2, 2016
Sorry, Mr. President, besides being unqualified to comment on another candidate’s unpreparedness to assume the office of the presidency, you have no moral high ground on which to stand in defending your own candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton. You may be right that Hillary is the most ‘qualified’ ever to take on this role — if by ‘qualified’ you mean having unprecedented experience in working the system to her own personal and political advantage. Trading donations for political favors — like highly sensitive board positions and God-knows-what in return for tens of millions of dollars from foreign regimes, such as Saudi Arabia. Bypassing protocol to protect her own “privacy” (or, perhaps more to the point, her own corruption), while exposing the nation’s highest secrets for the rest of the world to see.
Yep, she’s experienced all right. Experienced in sleeping through the 3am call to let Americans die — and then lying about it to cover it up. Experienced in using her position of power to smear and discredit anyone who dares threaten her political status — including women coming forth to allege sexual assault at the hands of her husband.
So I guess it comes down to what your definition of “is” is — or what you deem experience that makes one “prepared” to be president.
Of course, President Obama’s repeated statements about Trump may say more about himself — and the state of mind of Democrats overall — than Trump:
— Shelley (@Shelley2021) August 2, 2016
Yep. And let’s be honest, does anyone think for a moment President Obama’s words are going to make someone change their mind about Trump? Perhaps — but perhaps only like his words did so much to advance the cause of Brexit. He just doesn’t learn to stay out of it.
Donald Trump himself has just responded:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 2, 2016
[Note: this article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]