President Obama addressed the nation with a press conference on Tuesday.
There, President Obama called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “unfit to serve as president.”
The president’s addressed the verbal sparring match between Khizr and Ghazala Khan and Trump. Giving a speech at the Democratic National Convention, the Pakistani immigrants spoke out against Trump’s discriminatory rhetoric against Muslim Americans and his repeated calls to ban Muslim immigration. Their son, Humayun, joined the Army out of appreciation for the United States. Humayun was killed by a car bomber just four months after arriving in Iraq for duty.
Trump made his distaste for the Khans known.
Obama said that his criticism of Trump’s abilities was rare, considering that he had disagreed with Republicans before but never doubted that their qualifications to be president:
He also said that his criticism is not one-sided. In fact, many prominent Republicans, even some of those who have already endorsed Trump, have pushed back on their party’s candidate and his words.
Trump’s attitude has cost him the support of several Republicans and has attracted the criticism of others. Some Republicans have stated that they will only support Trump should he decide to change his tune.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich did not attend the Republican National Convention, despite its Ohio location. Kasich expressed hesitation to endorse Trump since dropping out of the race for the White House. On several occasions, Kasich has said that Trump must become more presidential in order to receive Kasich’s support.
When House Speaker Paul Ryan initially cited Trump’s behavior as one of the reasons why he was not ready to back Trump, the presidential nominee shamed him on Twitter. Though he eventually decided that he was committed to working with Trump, Ryan has spent his summer criticizing many of Trump’s statements as divisive.
Ryan joined Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to disavow Trump’s attacks on the Khan family.
“America’s greatness is built on the principle of liberty and preserved by the men and women who wear the uniform to defend it,” said Ryan. Without mentioning Trump by name, Ryan said that Capt. Khan and his family’s sacrifice “should always be honored. Period.”
McCain said that he could not even express how fervently he disagreed with Trump’s statements. “I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers or candidates.”
Sen. Sue Collins (R-Maine) weighed in on the conversation with this tweet:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) have also called Trump unfit. Graham cited Trump’s inability to accept criticism, an important quality for a leader.
Obama had one question: