Obama Asks Leading Republicans to Renounce Their Support of Trump

US President Barack Obama
US President Barack Obama

(By Josh Robin/NY1) NEW YORK — Rep. Richard Hanna, a congressman from upstate New York, and Maria Comella, who advised top Donald Trump booster New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, are the latest Republican defectors from their party’s nominee. Both now say they’re voting for Hillary Clinton.

Comella, who also advised former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, spoke to CNN. She didn’t respond for comment.

Trump continues to shock the political world days after suggesting a slain veteran’s mother didn’t speak at the Democratic Convention because she wasn’t allowed to. In fact, she was too distraught.

A fan on Tuesday gave Trump his own Purple Heart military honor.

“And I said ‘Man, that’s like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.'”

Trump received five deferments during the Vietnam War.

His remarks have President Obama offering extraordinary criticism, even for a rival of the opposing party, asking Republicans why they only criticize without rescinding endorsements.

“The fact that that has not yet happened makes some of these denunciations ring hollow. There has to come a point at which you say enough.”

Both New York State’s party chairman and the state Senate Majority Leader said Tuesday through representatives they continue to back the home state Trump. Still, polls show the nominee lost any post-convention bounce.

Clinton didn’t have a public schedule Tuesday, but the Democratic National Committee announced the departures of three top officials. It comes after hacked emails show top DNC officials plotted to sabotage the candidacy of Clinton’s then rival Bernie Sanders.

Much of last week’s democratic convention aimed to heal that party rift, and polls Tuesday show Clinton with as much as 8 point national lead over Trump.

Trump also raised eyebrows by ejecting the mother of a crying baby from his Virginia rally.


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