By Craig Hardegree | 

This is just amazing. It may be the greatest irony in political history. The most empathetic kind-hearted decent president, of the highest morals and character and integrity, with the most brilliant and intellectual mind, has been unfairly attacked and unmercifully maligned for eight years over provably-false conservative talking points….. “has no idea what he’s doing;” “is in over his head;” “doesn’t support our troops;” “hates America.”

And then those same false accusers of President Obama, went out and nominated as their champion, a person who suits to a “T” all of the things they falsely claimed about President Obama.

  • Trump does not believe in American exceptionalism — he can’t string three words together without finding fault with America;
  • Trump hates America — he constantly blasts and maligns everything America; he says America is not great; he says America is not proud;
  • Trump does not support our troops — he ridiculed John McCain for getting captured in Vietnam; he attacked a gold star family; he constantly denigrates our military saying it is “weak” and “ineffective;” he trivializes the sacrifices and contributions of our military personnel who are daily fighting ISIS;
  • Trump is in way over his head — he has no idea how the world works; he’s clueless as to what has transpired in Russia and Crimea and Ukraine in recent years.

And today, President Obama, standing calmly and comfortably as the most powerful man in the world, was compelled by the weight of history to take the unprecedented step of imploring decent conservatives to do what they know is right in their hearts; to disavow their nominee; to withdraw their support for their nominee.

“I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said so last week. And he keeps on proving it. 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, the middle east, in Asia…it means that he is woefully unprepared to do this job.

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And this is not just my opinion it. I think what’s been interesting is the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans, including the speaker of the house and the senate majority leader and prominent Republicans like John McCain. And the question I think they have to ask themselves 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? What does this say about your party, that this is your standard bearer?

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This isn’t a situation of where you have an episodic gaffe. This is daily and weekly, where they are distancing themselves from statements he’s making. There has to be point at which you say, “this is not somebody I can support for president of the United States, even if he purports to be a member of my party.”

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And the fact that that has not yet happened, makes some of these denunciations ring hollow.

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I don’t doubt their sincerity. I don’t doubt that they were outraged about some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Kahn family. But, 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.

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Because a lot of people depend on the White House getting stuff right. And this is different from just having policy disagreements. I recognize that they all profoundly disagree with myself or Hillary Clinton on tax policy or on certain elements of foreign policy. But, there have been Republican presidents with whom I disagreed, but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as president. I think I was right and John McCain and Mitt Romney were wrong on policy issues. But I never thought they couldn’t do the job.

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And had they won, I would have been disappointed, but I would’ve said to all Americans, “This is our president and I know they’re going to abide by certain norms and rules and common sense; will observe basic decency; will have enough knowledge about economic policy and foreign policy and our constitutional traditions and rule of law…that our government will work and then we’ll compete four years from now to try to win an election.”

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But that’s not the situation here.

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And that’s not just my opinion. That is the opinion of many prominent Republicans. There has to come a point at which you say, “enough.”

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And the alternative is, the entire party, the Republican party, effectively endorses and validates the positions that are being articulated by Mr. Trump. And as I said in my speech last week, I don’t think that actually represents the views of a whole lot of Republicans out there.”

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~ President Barack Obama, August 2, 2016

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