GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – President Barack Obama harshly criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, saying he has proven over and over again that he is unfit to lead the country.
Obama says in his races with Republicans John McCain and Mitt Romney, they disagreed on policy, but he never thought they weren’t honorable.
Obama is pitching the current presidential contest as different. He says Trump “doesn’t have the temperament, or the judgment, or the knowledge, or apparently, the desire to obtain the knowledge, or the basic honesty that a president needs to have.
Plus, Obama says, “And that was true even before we heard about his attitude toward women.”
Obama says the closer the nation gets to Election Day, the clearer the choice becomes.
Obama was attacking Trump for a 2005 video that was released on Friday in which Trump made a series of vulgar statements about women.
“You don’t have to be a husband or a father to hear what we heard just a few days ago and say that’s not right,” Obama said.
Ahead of the speech, state Republicans said it would take more than a few visits by the Obamas to get their supporters to turn out for Hillary Clinton.
The president was interrupted early on and one more time during his speech by protesters shouting “Bill Clinton is a rapist.”
“Here’s the deal, try and get your own rally,” Obama said.
But things turned serious when he acknowledged the deadly flooding that’s devastating much of eastern North Carolina.
“Lives have been lost, and so the entire country has been thinking about North Carolina,” Obama said.
He ended by telling people Clinton will build on what he’s done and questioned Trump’s ability to serve.