President Barack Obama asked Republicans Tuesday why they’re still supporting their party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in the wake of his criticism of the family of a slain US Muslim soldier.
“I think what’s 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,” Obama said at a White House news conference.
“The question you have to ask yourself 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? 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.” Obama continued.
“There has to be a 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.’ The fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow,” he said.