During a fundraiser, President Barack Obama declined to even mention GOP nominee Donald Trump by name. Instead, Obama stated that the business mogul’s rhetoric was his own greatest enemy.
On August 15, President Obama attended a fundraiser for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He has been vacationing with his family at the cozy destination, The Hill reports.
Addressing donors at the event, President Obama noted that First Lady Michelle Obama would have preferred that they not attend any fundraisers during their vacation, but that she made an exception this year “because she understands, just as all of you understand, how important this is.”
The fundraiser in question was supporting the Hillary Victory Fund, The Huffington Post reports.
Obama acknowledged that he would not have to work hard for attendees to pitch in and support the Clinton campaign, quipping “I had you at hello when it comes to voting for Hillary.”
President Obama then offered a withering criticism of Clinton’s general election opponent, Trump.
“Frankly, I’m tired of talking about her opponent,” Obama said. “I don’t have to make the case against her opponent because every time he talks, he makes the case against his own candidacy.”
Since the party conventions, Trump has slipped behind Clinton in presidential polling. Aggregating the last six surveys released since August 4, Real Clear Politics found that Clinton currently leads Trump by an average 6.7 percentage points.
Obama warned the audience to not become overconfident based on current polling.
“If we are not running scared until the day after the election, we are going to be making a grave mistake,” Obama said.
The president pointed to Clinton’s own high unfavorability rating as evidence that Democratic donors cannot take it easy before November.
“We are still going 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,” Obama said of his former Secretary of State.
“We’ve got to be aggressive in our campaign for 80 days, and that’s not a lot,” Obama concluded.
Obama’s refusal to name Trump comes two weeks after the commander-in-chief flatly told reporters that the business mogul was not fit to succeed him.
During a press conference on August 2, Obama said he thinks Trump is "unfit to serve as president," according to ABC News.
Obama’s remarks came after Trump had engaged in a war of words with the Gold Star parents of slain U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan.
“The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge around critical issues … means that he is woefully unprepared to do this job,” Obama said of Trump.