Ratcheting up his mockery of Donald Trump, President Obama said Friday that the Republican nominee is behaving like a crybaby who knows he’s losing the race for president and intends “to drag this election as low as it can possibly go.”
At a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, the president said Mr. Trump is “making excuses all the time for why he might be losing.”
“It’s always interesting for me to see folks who talk tough, but then don’t act tough,” Mr. Obama said. “If you’re tough, you don’t make excuses. You just play the game.”
He poked fun at Mr. Trump for the Republican’s claim in a speech Thursday that Mrs. Clinton is benefiting from a power structure of global elites at the expense of the working class.
“This is a guy who spent all his time hanging around trying to convince everybody he was a global elite, talking about how great his buildings are, how luxurious, and how rich he is,” Mr. Obama said, laughing. “All he had time for is celebrities. And now suddenly he’s acting like he’s a populist? Come on, man! You want to know what somebody’s going to do? Look what they’ve been doing their whole lives.”
The president said Mrs. Clinton “keeps her cool.”
“No matter how tough the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she doesn’t point fingers or whine, she doesn’t talk about how everything’s rigged,” Mr. Obama said. “She just works harder and gets the job done and never, ever quits. By the way, isn’t that what you want from a president?”
Referring to Mr. Trump’s growing controversy over women who’ve accused him of unwanted advances, the president said the Republican nominee is “picking fights with everybody in his own party, threatening to sue the press for stories he doesn’t like.”
“This is somebody who threatens to jail his political opponents, or silence the media?” Mr. Obama said. “Some nations do operate that way, and they’re tyrannies. We have fought against those things. In a democracy, you have a contest but, if you lose, you say congratulations and you move on, because the country and our system of government is bigger than any single individual.”
The president also blamed Republican officials for allowing the rise of Mr. Trump’s candidacy, when they knew he had political baggage.
“Some Republicans who knew better stood by silently,” Mr. Obama said.