Pres. Obama Nails What Makes Trump Unlike Any Other Candidate

August 2nd 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

President Obama thinks Republican nominee Donald Trump is special. However it's not a compliment. During a press conference in Singapore on Tuesday, Obama said that Trump is different than other Republican presidential candidates because he is uniquely "unprepared" to serve as president and lacks "common sense and basic decency."

"I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president," said Obama. I said so last week, and he keeps on proving it."

He added that Trump has no "basic knowledge around critical issues" and is "woefully unprepared,"

Obama compared Trump to John McCain and Mitt Romney.

"This is different than just having policy disagreements," he said. "I think I was right and Mitt Romney and John McCain were wrong on certain policy issues, but I never thought that they couldn't do the job."

Obama said that if McCain or Romney beat him, he would have been "disappointed" but he would know that "our government will work and we'll compete four years from now."

"That's not the situation here," with Trump, Obama said.

Last month, The Washington Post's George Sargent wrote that most Americans know that Trump is not qualified to be president, even though they may not like Clinton.

"This is the story that lurks underneath the widespread lament that Americans are unhappy with the two candidates," he wrote.

Voters may choose Trump anyway, but they still know he lacks the experience that Clinton possesses, wrote Sargent.

"But regardless, only one of the two candidates is seen, by large margins, to be qualified for the job, while the other one is seen as unqualified by margins that are at least as large," he wrote.

Many people on Twitter agreed that Trump would possibly be the least qualified president in U.S. history.

However, as Sargent noted in his piece, even if some voters concede that Trump lacks experience and relevant qualifications, they still feel he's better suited to the presidency than Obama or his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump didn't directly respond to Obama's criticism by the time of publication, but he referenced Clinton's 30 years of experience as too "establishment" on Tuesday at a rally in Virginia.

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