President Obama took time off from his vacation to express his persisting disgust with the increasingly despicable Republican nominee, Donald Trump. Speaking in support of former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton from Martha’s Vineyard, the President issued this zinger:
“What I do want to emphasize is needing a sense of urgency and finishing the job of getting her elected. And you notice I haven’t said much about her opponent. Frankly, I’m tired of talking about her opponent. I don’t have to make the case against her opponent because every time he talks he makes the case against his own candidacy!”
He also took a moment to issue a sharp warning to possibly overconfident Democrats about the long and inevitably arduous fight that still lies before us:
“There’s still a lot of uncertainty out there. And if we are not running scared until the day after the election, we are going to be making a grave mistake. If Democrats do not do their jobs then it’s still possible for her to lose. And when I say ‘do our jobs,’ what I mean is we are going to have to continue to be engaged. We are going to continue to have to write checks. We are going to continue to have to make phone calls, and rally people behind her candidacy. We are still going to have to fight what has been an unrelenting negative campaign against her that has made a dent in the opinion of people even who are inclined to vote for her.
I’m here because we’ve got an election. And although Michelle is very strict about me actually taking a vacation when I get a vacation, she gave me a special dispensation for this evening because she understands, just as all of you understand, how important this is.”
Trump’s studious efforts to sabotage his own campaign is bearing fruit. Secretary Clinton soaring in the polls in states that once seemed far out of reach to Democrats, cutting Trump’s lead to only six points in Texas (which Mitt Romney won by 16pts), taking the lead in both Virginia and Florida, and taking a national nine point lead in the polls overall. Nevertheless, the President is absolutely right – we cannot allow ourselves to fall into complacency. If Trump flames out now and is replaced by whatever might constitute a “real Republican,” Secretary Clinton might have a very different fight on her hand.