Published: Wed, August 03, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Strategist's bolt from GOP a sign of Trump's impact on party

Donald Trump conjured one of the election's greatest self-defeating lines when he said Khizr Khan "has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution".

President Barack Obama on Tuesday came out swinging against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump - and he even said that Republican leaders should consider rescinding their endorsements of him.

Ellison said Trump's campaign appealed to Republican leaders on Capitol Hill for support Monday as his comments on the Muslim parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq drew increased criticism from both parties.

While Obama has always been critical of Trump, his blistering condemnation Tuesday was a notable escalation of his involvement in the presidential race. "What does this say about your party, that this is your standard bearer?"

The president said Trump is unfit to be president and "he keeps on proving it". This is daily and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he's making.

Otherwise, he said the denunciations are hollow.

Ed Brookover, who helped manage the campaign's delegate operations in the lead up to the Republican National Convention, was sacked a little more than six weeks after he was promoted as the campaign's liaison to the Republican National Committee. Obama said. "This isn?t a situation where you have an episodic gaffe".

The attacks launched by Mr Trump against Mr Khan and his wife, including the assertion that Ms Khan was silent on the convention stage because she had not been given permission by her husband to speak, have prompted widespread outrage, including from within the Republican Party.

Trump also said he was not supporting Sen. A Vietnam prisoner of war, Mr McCain himself suffered ridicule from Mr Trump during the primaries when the latter suggested it was wrong to call him a hero, because he shouldn't have allowed himself to be captured in the first place.

Instead, it was Trump stunningly withholding his support from top GOP lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan. But given the opportunity a day later to address the controversy head on, Obama unleashed a scorching reprimand of Trump.

"Months ago I publicly said I could never support Trump".

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