US President Barack Obama tears GOPers for their ‘too late’ disavowal of Donald Trump

October 24, 2016 8:00 am

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nevada, October 23, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

US President Barack Obama says it is “too late” for senior Republican figures to withdraw their endorsements of the party’s presidential nominee over his vulgar remarks about women. 
Campaigning for Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Nevada on Sunday, Obama took a swipe at the state’s Republican Representative Joe Heck, who was a fierce Trump supporter until a 2005 lewd tape that showed the New York billionaire disrespecting women.
“Now that Trump’s poll numbers are cratering, he said, ‘I’m not supporting him’? Too late! You don’t get credit for that,” the outgoing president told a crowd of several thousand people at a high school in Las Vegas.
Following the tape’s release, GOP bigwigs like Senator John McCain of Arizona and many Republican governors, senators and congressmen across the US disavowed the former reality TV star over the sexually obscene remarks caught on a hot microphone.
“They just stood by and said nothing, and their base actually began to believe this crazy stuff,” Obama added. “Donald Trump didn’t start this. He just did what he always does, which is slap his name on it, take credit for it and promote it.”
“Now, when suddenly it’s not working,” he went on, “suddenly that’s a deal breaker. Well, what took you so long? What the heck?”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump adjusts his hat during a campaign rally in Naples, Florida, October 23, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Obama then bashed Trump as “unfit” for the top job and claimed that Clinton was “as qualified as anybody who’s ever run for the presidency.”
Ever since publicly endorsing Clinton in late July, Obama has hit the campaign trail and appeared at fundraisers across the country to boost his former secretary of state’s bid for the White House.
The president even covered for Clinton in mid-September, when she abruptly left the race due to what her campaign said was “pneumonia.”
As America’s first black head of state, Obama has on several occasions called on the African American community to rally around Clinton.
Obama’s unconditional support for Clinton, despite running a bitter campaign against her in 2008, has angered Trump.
The Republican nominee said last month that Obama needed to quit campaigning for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and focus on his own job instead.
“Why isn’t working instead of campaigning for Hillary Clinton?” Trump fumed in a tweet.
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