- President Obama has denounced Donald Trump more strongly than ever before, calling him “unfit to serve.”
- He notes Trump’s lack of knowledge about global affairs, temperament, and constant inappropriate comments as reasons Trump isn’t a suitable candidate for president.
- A good example of his poor temperament happened just a day ago, when he pretended to be kind to a mother with her crying baby, then he declared he was only joking and kicked the crying baby out of his rally!
- Trump has reportedly made comments which imply a willingness to use nuclear weapons, which is a new cause for concern.
- He said Republicans’ denunciations of Trump “ring hollow” because of their continued endorsement of Trump.
- Richard Hanna of New York is now the first Republican Congressman to endorse Hillary Clinton.
Obama calls out Republicans for supporting Trump
President Barack Obama made unprecedentedly strong remarks denouncing Republican nominee for president Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling him “unfit to serve” due to his temperament and lack of knowledge on global affairs. While Republicans have denounced Trump’s unacceptable recent statements, Obama has now scolded them for not withdrawing their endorsements by this point.
In light of Trump’s attacks on the Khan family, whose son “made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country,” Obama said to Republicans, 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.”
Obama says bluntly that Republicans’ denunciations of Trump “ring hollow” because they’re still supporting his candidacy. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell were two of such Republicans who denounced Trump’s statements about the Khan family.
He also calls into question Trump’s knowledge of global affairs, specifically the Middle East and Asia. He said that Trump is “woefully unprepared” to be president, and that his “gaffes” aren’t every once in a while, they are daily. Since Republicans are having to denounce him so strongly, and so regularly, Obama asks, “Why are you still endorsing him?”
Since Obama’s statements, a new cause for concern has appeared: Trump’s apparent stance on using nuclear weapons. He has reportedly made comments which imply a willingness to use nuclear weapons, according to an anonymous foreign policy advisor. The advisor says that Trump asked three times during a briefing, “If we have them, why can’t we use them?” While Trump’s campaign denies this, it is still true that in March he said in an interview, “Somebody hits us within ISIS, you wouldn’t fight back with a nuke?”
Anyone who can be provoked by a tweet shouldn’t be anywhere near nuclear weapons.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 3, 2016
The First Republican Congressman To Endorse Hillary
For Richard Hanna, Trump’s Islamophobic comments about the Khan family were the last straw.
The establishment conservative Republican Congressman representing New York’s 22nd district has long been a part of the #NeverTrump movement, but now he’s #ImWithHer.
In an article he penned for outletsyracuse.com, he asked, “Where do we draw the line?…For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.”
Despite only agreeing on a couple of issues, like women’s health and education, he believes Clinton can lead. The country needs “complex solutions, experience, knowledge and balance,” rather than what Trump is offering, “bumper sticker slogans that pander to our disappointment, fear and hate.”
Hanna isn’t the only one; other conservatives have already begun flocking to Hillary.
Richard Ermitage, who used to be deputy secretary of state, has endorsed Hillary along with former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg. At the Democratic National Convention, Doug Elmets, a Republican consultant from California who was a speechwriter for President Reagan, came out as a Hillary supporter. He said he’s never voted for a Democrat until now, but that “What you see is no longer the Republican party, but the party of Donald Trump.”
Obama asked of Republicans, “What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?” At the DNC, Elmets said he sees this year’s platform as one “laced with anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-women positions that do not represent the views of most Americans.”
Since so many Republicans feel that Trump’s platform doesn’t represent their views or values, they are voting for Clinton this year. Former advisor to Jeb Bush Sally Bradshaw and Senator Susan Collins have expressed that they may vote for Clinton as well.
It’s only a matter of time before more conservatives follow Congressman Hanna and Doug Elmets’ lead.