President Obama Asks Male Voters If Sexism Is Keeping Them From Supporting Clinton

The president also warned voters not to be "bamboozled' by Donald Trump

November 1, 2016, 7:22 PM

— -- Campaigning in Ohio today, President Obama issued a challenge to male voters -- asking them to examine whether it's sexism that's keeping them from voting for Hillary Clinton.

"To the guys out there, I want to be honest. You know there’s a reason why we haven’t had a woman president before and I think sometimes we’re trying to get over the hump," the president said in Columbus. "I want every man out there who’s voting to kind of look inside yourself and ask yourself. If you’re having problems with this stuff, how much of it is you know that we’re not just used to it?"

"When a guy's ambitious and out in the public arena and working hard well that’s OK, but when a woman suddenly does it, suddenly you’re all like – well why’s she doing that?" he said. "I want you to think about it because she is so much better qualified than the other guy. She has conducted herself so much better in public life than the other guy...This notion that somehow it's hard to choose, it shouldn't be."

The president warned working class voters not to be duped by the Republican nominee.

"The notion that this guy is your champion, the notion that this guy is going to fight for working people when his entire life he did not have time for anybody who wasn't rich or a celebrity. Who wouldn't let you into one of his hotels unless you were cleaning the room. Wouldn't let you onto one of his golf courses unless you were mowing the fairway. Come on. This guy is going to be you champion?" the president said.

"Don't be bamboozled," the president added.

Arguing that Trump is unfit for the White House, Obama said that the presidency would highlight the real estate mogul's negative traits.

"The only thing this office does is it amplifies who you are. It magnifies who you are. It shows who you are. If you disrespected women before you were elected, you will disrespect women once you’re president," he said.

The president made no mention of the FBI's review of emails that may relate to the Clinton probe, but admitted the former Secretary of State has made mistakes while also experiencing deeper scrutiny than many other politicians.

"We always want to see the new shiny object and if you get beat up enough in this political environment that is so toxic, after a while people start believing stuff. Hillary Clinton is consistently treated differently than just about any other candidate I see out there," he said.

"Has she made mistakes? Of course, so have I. There’s nobody in the public arena over the course of 30 years that doesn’t make some. But she is a fundamentally good and decent person who knows what she’s doing and will be an outstanding president," he said.

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