President Obama on Wednesday ridiculed Donald J. Trump’s debate performance against Hillary Clinton, saying the appearance uncovered him as a man who “appears only to care about himself” and is totally inadequate to sit in the Oval Office.
The president ambushed Mr. Trump as somebody who “doesn’t do his homework, doesn’t know basic facts that you’d need to know.” He likewise lashed out at the Republican presidential chosen one for stigmatizing ladies amid the civil debate Monday night.
“You had somebody who insulted women and then doubled down,” Mr. Obama told Steve Harvey, a syndicated radio anchorperson, in a meeting communicate on Wednesday morning. “Regarding how he talks about them and talks about their weight and talks about how they look instead of the content of their character and their capabilities, which is not something that I want, not somebody I want in the Oval Office.”
In his first extended remarks about the debate between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton, the president implored his supporters to ensure they vote in favor of the Democratic nominee and demanded over and again that any individual who neglects to vote in the November election, or votes a third-party candidate, is adequately throwing a ticket for Mr. Trump.
“If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump,” Mr. Obama said. “If you vote for a third-party candidate who has got no chance to win, that’s a vote for Trump.”
White House authorities have constantly realized that one of Mr. Obama’s principal tasks in the final days of the election would be to invigorate the coalition of voters — especially young people and African-Americans — to support Mrs. Clinton in vast numbers. With the decision close in many battleground states, that exertion is going up against added urgency.
In his comments, Mr. Obama asked those supporters not to be self-satisfied.
“The notion somehow that I’m not as inspired because Barack and Michelle are not on the ballot this time, and maybe we kind of take it easy,” he said. “My legacy is on the ballot. All the work we’ve done over the last eight years is on the ballot.”
Mr. Obama commended Mrs. Clinton, calling her “as qualified as anybody who’s ever run for this office” and expressing frustration that people have not given her the credit she merits for her achievements.
“Part of it may be because she is a woman and we have not elected a woman president before,” he said.
But, he invested more energy scrutinizing Mr. Trump.
Mr. Obama blamed him for “rooting for the housing market to collapse because he would be in a position to buy up all of these properties.” He said he didn’t need somebody in the administration whose “only focus is how can I make a buck off it.”