President Obama Blasts Donald Trump as Tough Talker Who Fails to Act on It

PHOTO: President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Oct. 5, 2016.PlaySusan Walsh/AP Photo
WATCH President Obama Blasts Donald Trump as Tough Talker Who Fails to Act on It

With polls showing a neck-and-neck presidential race in the bellwether state of Ohio, President Obama spent the brunt of his time during a rally in Cleveland today poking fun at Donald Trump for his temperament and complaints of a “rigged system" after a week of bad headlines.

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“He seems to be in the middle of the game making excuses all the time for why he might be losing and it’s always interesting to me to see folks that talk tough but don’t act tough,” Obama said.

“If you’re tough you don’t make excuses, you don’t start complaining about the ref before the game’s even done.”

Obama made it no secret he’s following day-to-day news concerning Trump, even quoting the Republican presidential nominee’s remarks during a rally Thursday in Florida.

“Apparently in a speech yesterday he started talking about global elites, that there was a conspiracy of global elites,” Obama said. “This is the guy who spent all his time hanging around, trying to convince everybody he was the global elite. Talking about how great his buildings are, how luxurious, how rich he is and flying around everywhere.

“All he had time for was celebrities. And now, suddenly, he’s acting like a populist out there?” Obama said. “’Man, I’m going to fight for working people.’ Come on, man!”

Talking about Trump’s temperament as commander in chief, Obama hit him for his noted early-morning tweeting habits.

“He may be up at 3 in the morning but that’s because he’s tweeting insults at somebody who got under his skin,” Obama said. “He’s not fit to be commander in chief.”

Echoing remarks made Thursday night at a Democratic Party dinner, Obama again hit Republicans who he said have been late to jump off the Trump bandwagon.

“You weren’t appalled earlier?” Obama asked. “When he was saying degrading things about women? When he was judging them based on a score? That wasn’t enough for you?”

Obama carried Ohio in both his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. While he has been touring battleground states for Clinton in the final stretch of the campaign, he told the crowd it was likely the last time he'd be in Cleveland during his presidency.