Former President Barack Obama: “Trump Will go Down In History As The Fastest Impeached President Ever, I Believe Patriot Americans Join Me and Boycott Against Him .” Do You Stand With Him ?
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday hit back at US President Barack Obama, accusing him of “failed leadership” and, together with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, “single-handedly” destabilizing the Middle East.
Taking to Twitter hours after the president said he was “unfit” and “woefully unprepared” to serve in the White House, Trump said Obama “will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!”
In an official campaign statement earlier, Trump issued a barrage of attacks against Obama and Clinton, saying they have “single-handedly destabilized the Middle East, handed Iraq, Libya and Syria to ISIS,” in reference to the Islamic State terror group.
He accused the pair of putting Iran “on the path to nuclear weapons” and said they have allowed “dozens of veterans to die” and “repeatedly admitted migrants later implicated in terrorism.”
The Republican nominee concluded his statement saying: “We need change now.”
Earlier Tuesday, in addition to his blistering criticism of Trump, Obama had challenged Republican lawmakers to drop their support for their party’s nominee, declaring “There has to come a point at which you say enough.”
The president’s critique of his potential successor came on the heels of Trump’s criticism of an American Muslim family whose son, a captain in the US Army, was killed in Iraq. A growing number of GOP lawmakers have disavowed Trump’s comments, but most of those who have endorsed him are sticking by that stance.
“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 asked during a White House news conference. “What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?”
The president said his opposition to Trump is about more than policy differences. He said that while he disagreed with his Republican opponents in the 2008 and 2012 elections, he never thought they were unfit to do the job.
US Senator John McCain (R), R-Arizona, and US Senator Kelly Ayotte (L), R-New Hampshire, talk about US President Barack Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 24, 2016. (AFP / JIM WATSON)
Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war, said Trump did not have “unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us.” Rep. Mike Coffman, a vulnerable Republican in a competitive Colorado district, said he was “deeply offended when Donald Trump fails to honor the sacrifices of all of our brave soldiers who were lost in that war.” Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt said the Khans “deserve to be heard and respected.”
“My advice to Donald Trump has been and will continue to be to focus on jobs and national security and stop responding to every criticism whether it’s from a grieving family or Hillary Clinton,” Blunt said in a statement.
But when asked about Khizr Khan on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Trump responded, “His son died 12 years ago. … If I were president, his son wouldn’t have died, because I wouldn’t have been in the war, if I was president back then.”
Trump didn’t raise the controversy during a rally Monday in Ohio. His supporters in the crowd dismissed the matter.
But the real test for Trump isn’t the opinion of the loyal supporters who attend his rallies. It’s the broader general election audience, a far more diverse group still weighing his readiness for the White House.