“Their standard-bearer at the moment is Donald Trump,” Obama said in a hastily scheduled appearance in the White House briefing room, ostensibly to discuss the economy. “… Not just Republican officials, but more importantly, Republican voters are going to have to make a decision as to whether this is the guy who speaks for them and represents their values.”
Obama’s pronouncement came amid an onslaught of attacks against Trump by Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton that began as soon as Trump assumed the mantle of presumptive GOP nominee this week, as she sought to frame him as a brash reality TV star who wants to ban Muslims, deport Mexicans and oppress women.
Citing concern Friday that a “media frenzy” would ensue if a trial were held before the November presidential election, the judge overseeing a class-action lawsuit against Donald Trump over a real estate “university” accused of defrauding students scheduled a late November date for the years-old…
The fusillade from Obama, Clinton and other party leaders has opened the general election with Democrats rushing to frame Trump in a way that his primary opponents aimed for, but mostly stopped short of, to avoid alienating Republican voters.
Obama seized on the deepening fracture between Republicans and likely nominee Trump on Friday, warning GOP leaders and voters alike that, like it or not, Trump is the face of the party now.