U.S. President Barack Obama said that Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump proves himself unfit to be president every time he speaks.
“You’ve got somebody who each and every day, every time he talks proves himself unfit and unqualified for this office,” Obama said in Columbus, Ohio where he was the featured speaker at an annual dinner benefiting Ohio Democrats.
Trump on Thursday assailed as “absolutely false” the allegations by several women that he groped them, and accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, the media and lobbyists of engaging in an effort to stop him from winning the White House.
The New York businessman’s campaign was already struggling to contain a crisis after a video surfaced last week showing him bragging in 2005 about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances.
Trump has slumped in opinion polls in recent days as the uproar over the video threatened to engulf his White House campaign in a way that his earlier controversies had not.
Establishment Republicans have struggled to get behind Trump, alarmed by both his style and some of his policy proposals.
“We know that most Republicans don’t think the way Donald Trump does. Even in a banquet like this full of hard core Democrats,” Obama said. “We don’t even think most Republican politicians actually really believe that Donald Trump’s qualified to be president. I know because I talk to them. They’re like ‘man, this is really bad. We’re just, we’re just trying to get through this’.” he joked to the crowd.