Obama: GOP Claims To Be ‘Party Of Family Values,’ Then Nominates Trump (VIDEO)

President Barack Obama waves after speaking at campaign event for the Ohio Democratic Party and in support of the Senate bid for former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, ... President Barack Obama waves after speaking at campaign event for the Ohio Democratic Party and in support of the Senate bid for former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) MORE LESS
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President Barack Obama gave Republicans a frank dressing-down for allowing Donald Trump to become the Republican nominee by “feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years” at the annual Ohio Democrats’ dinner Thursday night.

“The problem is not that all Republicans think the way this guy does,” the president told the crowd in Columbus. “The problem is that they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time. They’ve been feeding their base all kinds of crazy for years, primarily for political expedience. So if Trump was running around saying I wasn’t born here, they were okay with that as long as it helped them with votes. If some of these folks on talk radio talked about how I was the antichrist, that’s just politics.”

“They stood by while this happened,” Obama went on. “And Donald Trump–as he’s prone to do—he didn’t build the building himself, he just slapped his name on it and took credit for it. And that’s what happened in their party. All that bile, all that exaggeration and stuff not grounded in fact, started bubbling up, surfacing. They knew better but didn’t say anything.”

The pointed speech took aim at Republicans who have recently withdrawn support for their nominee after a 2005 tape leaked in which Trump can be heard bragging about groping women without their consent. According to Obama, the GOP knew who they were holding up as the standard-bearer for their party long before the “Access Hollywood” recording came out, and that he did not represent the principles they claim to represent.

“You claim the mantle of the party of family values, and this is the guy you nominate,” Obama said.

“They don’t get credit for, at the very last minute, when finally the guy they nominated and they endorsed and they supported is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about, much less laugh about or joke about, much less act on,” he said of the two-dozen Republicans who withdrew endorsements or called on Trump to drop out of the race after the video came out.

On Wednesday, the party’s problems became more complicated when at least four women came forward accusing Trump of acting on the exact behavior he described in the leaked tape: forcibly groping and kissing them without permission.

The real estate mogul has lashed out at the press, GOP leadership, and establishment for what he claims is a coordinated attack to bring him down in the final weeks of the race, and his rhetoric has become increasingly paranoid and conspiratorial. At a Thursday speech in Florida, Trump claimed Hillary Clinton
“meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends, and her donors.”

These ideas are ripped from the headlines of Alex Jones’ conspiracy site InfoWars and right-wing website Breitbart, the former home of Trump’s campaign CEO, Steve Bannon.

As Obama pointed out in Columbus, other in Trump’s party have allowed conspiracies, like the notion he was not actually born in the United States, to fester, in order to appeal to their base.

Referring to GOP rhetoric as a “swamp of crazy,” the president said, “If your only agenda is … crazy based on lies, based on hoaxes, this is the nominee you get.”

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  1. Avatar for lew lew says:

    As always, this articulate man speaks to the heart of the problem. He will be missed. A lot.

    I would only add this: If this is the party that so many people see as the “strong” party–the party that keeps America safe–they may want to ask how the GOP can keep America safe when they can’t even stand up to one–one–egomaniacal, misogynistic 5 year old.

  2. Obama is right. The crazy people were accepted into the GOP long ago because the GOP wanted their votes and their money. Now the crazies have taken over the party. Use the drug long enough, you get hooked, stay hooked long enough you end up killing the user. Now, the GOP is dragging the rest of the country into their insanity.

  3. Avatar for lcbo lcbo says:

    Can I just say how much I am enjoying an Obama “unshackled” by the need to be elected again?

    This is stuff that needs to be said.

  4. Obama Unleashed is and always has been a beautiful thing to behold.

    My wife and I saw him in person in Austin earlier this year, and it was worth absolutely worth every penny and every single minute standing in the crowd waiting. B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

    I am looking forward to Hillary being President (so VOTE folks!!! It’s not a done deal until Nov 9th!!!), but I will absolutely miss Barack Obama.

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