Despite voiced desires to stop talking about Donald Trump, President Barack Obama needs to continue pointing out the flaws in the Republican candidate in order to help Hillary Clinton hold her lead in the national polls.
According to ABC News, President Obama took time out of a two week vacation with his family to make a public statement on August 15.
Expressing support for Clinton, he said, “Frankly, I’m tired of talking about her opponent.”
The president added, “I don’t have to make the case against her opponent because every time he talks, he makes the case against his own candidacy.”
Obama has a point.
In recent weeks, Trump has made offensive, unscripted comments about the family of a Muslim-American soldier who lost his life in Iraq. His comments turned into a confrontation that has proved detrimental to his campaign.
Additionally, Trump made a remark about Clinton’s policies regarding gun rights. Many people interpreted the comment as a joke calling for the Democratic candidate’s assassination.
According to CNN, Clinton responded to Trump saying, “Words matter my friends, and if you are running to be president or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences. Yesterday we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments from Donald Trump that cross the line."
Presently, President Obama might be able to take a break from talking about Trump without serious consequence.
What happens, though, when Trump’s advisors finally convince him to allow campaign strategists to monitor his speeches? What happens when the GOP demands that Trump stop straying from scripts, thereby reducing the risk of ill-received comments?
According to The Washington Post, Trump's chief strategist and campaign chairman continually ask the candidate to allow advisors to monitor and edit his speeches.
When that time comes, Clinton will need Obama’s influence in the 2016 election more than ever.
CNN reports that many Democrats fear that Clinton’s current success represents nothing more than a post-convention bounce. This phenomenon refers to the increase in support that a candidate receives in the wake of a convention’s energy and excitement.
Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, fears that Democrats may become “overconfident.”
Obama recognized this possibility in his statement. He said, “If we are not running scared until the day after the election, we are going to be making a grave mistake.”
Obama must accept that “running scared” has to include constant reminders of Trump’s insensitive comments, lack of foreign policy experience, and plans to undo the work that the Obama Administration has done for healthcare and immigration reform.
Trump certainly will not cease talking about Clinton.
For weeks, Trump has tweeted about “#CrookedHillary” and the way that she and other political leaders have “rigged” the 2016 election.
According to ABC, President Obama said, “We are still going to have 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.”
Unfortunately, fighting fire with fire is part of American politics.
Obama has a duty to his political party and colleague, Hillary Clinton, to continue to discuss Trump in future public statements.