President Barack Obama turned up the heat on Donald Trump’s struggling campaign Tuesday by declaring him unfit for the presidency. “Yes, I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president,” Obama said at a press conference in Singapore. “I said so last week and he keeps on proving it.”
At the Democratic National Convention last week, the father of a soldier killed in the Iraq war criticized Trump for his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Khizr Khan and his son are Muslims.
Trump fired back in tweets and the controversy has been heightened by continuing verbal volleys between Khan and Trump. The GOP candidate on Monday accused Khan of ties to terrorists. Many Republicans, including 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain, distanced themselves from Trump’s comments. Obama called on Republican leaders to withdraw their support of the billionaire nominee.
With a strong “bounce” from a well-received Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton has reclaimed the lead in the race for the presidency. The Real Clear Politics average of polls conducted during and after the convention shows Clinton leading by 4.4 points, 46.4 to 42. The Fivethirtyeight.com website has Clinton ahead by 6.5 points and gives her a 83.7 percent chance of winning if the election were held today. Overall, it has her the favorite by 66 percent to 34 percent.
POPE CONDEMNS GENDER CHOICE
The idea that children can select their gender has been condemned by Pope Francis, according to the Associated Press. “Today, in schools they are teaching this to children – to children – that everyone can choose their gender,” reported the AP. He called it “ideological colonizing” by “very influential countries.”
The remarks were from a transcript released Tuesday of a closed door meeting with bishops from Poland.
FIVE KILLED IN CALIF. BUS CRASH
Five people are dead and five have been hospitalized when a bus went out of control and struck a pole near Atwater, Calif., on State Route 99 in the Central Valley on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, the vehicle – with about 30 passengers – struck a highway exit sign directly and the stout pole tore through the bus. The crash occurred just before 3:30 a.m.
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