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With about 24 days to go before the presidential election, President Obama is taking off the proverbial gloves in an effort to knock out Donald Trump, who is in the fight of his nascent political life.

Obama’s blow comes after a leaked 11-year-old video showed Trump using vulgar language, and facing a series of allegations of sex assault.

During a stump speech for Hillary Clinton on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, Obama excoriated not just Trump but also the Republican Party, which helped propel the Republican presidential nominee’s political rise, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer:

“The problem is they’ve been riding this tiger for a long time,” Obama told about 2,000 people at the Ohio Democratic Party’s fundraising dinner in Ohio, a battleground state. “They’ve been feeding this base all kinds of crazy for years.”

And the president didn’t give a pass to Republicans who rescinded their support after news broke about lewd videotaped remarks and sex assault allegations against Trump, the report says:

The president also had tough words for Republicans, like Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and state Auditor Dave Yost, who recently rescinded their support for Trump after a video showed the GOP nominee bragging about kissing and groping women. Portman has a double-digit lead in polls over Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland.


“They don’t get credit for at the very last minute when finally the guy that they nominated and they endorsed and they supported is caught on tape saying things that no decent person would even think, much less say, much less brag about, much less laugh about or joke about, much less act on,” Obama said. “You can’t wait till that happens then say it’s too much.”

Obama slammed Trump — who was speaking to a Cincinnati rally at the exact same time —for his rhetoric and actions toward women. But he reserved some of his harshest criticism for Republicans who knew better and didn’t stop fringe parts of their party that fed on conspiracies like the allegation that Obama wasn’t born in America.

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