President Barack Obama’s message to Republicans on their candidate Donald Trump? You built this.
“The problem is not all Republicans think the way that guy does,” Obama told about 2,000 people at the Ohio Democratic Party’s fundraising dinner in Columbus. “The problem is they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time. They’ve been feeding this base all kinds of crazy for years.”
The president also had tough words for Republicans, like Sen. Rob Portman and Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, who recently rescinded their support for Trump’s bid after a video showed the GOP nominee bragging about kissing and groping women. Portman, of Terrace Park, has a double-digit lead over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland.
The dinner was just days after that 11-year-old video showed Trump using vulgar language as he spoke to former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. On Wednesday, multiple stories, including in the New York Times and People magazine, broke about women who said Trump had touched them inappropriately. The Trump campaign has denied the allegations and threatened to sue the New York Times.