Launching an all-out blitz, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and US President Barack Obama cautioned Americans against a Donald Trump presidency by painting a grim picture of the country under him as the tight White House race entered its final phase.
“Imagine it is January 20, 2017 and imagine that it is Donald Trump standing in front of the Capitol,” Clinton said at a rally in Tempe, Arizona.
“Imagine that he is taking the oath of office and then imagine that he is in the Oval Office making the decisions that affect your lives and your future,” she said.
Clinton painted a picture of her Republican nominee as a president who demeans women, aggravates racial divisions and could “start a real war instead of a Twitter war.”
Obama echoed the views of his former secretary of state at an election rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Wednesday.
He said Clinton’s opponent was someone whom his own party leaders in the past had declared a con artist.
“This choice actually is pretty clear, because the guy that the Republicans nominated -- even though a bunch of them knew they shouldn’t nominate him - the guy they nominated who many of the Republicans he is running against said was a con-artist and a know-nothing and wasn’t qualified to hold this office,” Obama alleged.
“This guy is temperamentally unfit to be Commander in Chief and he is not equipped to be President. This should not be a controversial claim. It really shouldn’t. It’s strange how, over time, what is crazy gets normalised and we just kind of assume, well, you know what, he said a hundred crazy things, so the hundred-and-first thing we just don’t even notice,” he said.
Obama said the US could not afford a President who suggests that America should torture people or that it should ban entire religions from the country.
“We deserve better than a Commander-in-Chief who insults POWs, or attacks a Gold Star mom, or denigrates our troops. This is somebody who vilifies minorities, vilifies immigrants, vilifies people of Muslim faith, makes fun of Americans with disabilities,” he said.
“How is that person going to be your voice? Do you want somebody to be your voice who on tape brags about how being famous allows him to get away with sexual assault? Who calls women ‘pigs’, or ‘dogs’, or ‘slobs’ and grades them on a scale of one to ten? That is not the voice of America,” Obama asked and the audience responded with a big “No”.
Obama asserted that there is only one candidate in this race who has devoted her entire life to lifting up that better America -- and “that is next President of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton”.
“She’s the right person. She’s the right person at the right time,” Obama said.